Punch Bowl Social expanding to The Battery at SunTrust Park under Hugh Acheson's guidance

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Less than a year after announcing he was joining the Punch Bowl Social restaurant group as a "culinary advisor," the Empire State South owner and "Top Chef" star has announced he'll help open the first metro Atlanta location this year.

The 27,000 square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment concept is set to open in The Battery at SunTrust Park in September 2017.

The two-story Atlanta property will include eight bowling lanes, one bocce court, three private karaoke rooms, a 360-degree bar and lounging and gathering spots for large and small groups, as well as a 2,2000-square-foot rooftop patio. The design will meld "mountain lodge, Victorian and modern industrial design elements," according to an announcement. The scratch kitchen will serve weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks in addition to craft cocktails.

Acheson oversees the culinary direction of the restaurant concept, develops all seasonal menu changes and create daily green plate and blue plate specials offered at all locations.

Launched four years ago, Punch Bowl Social — which features chef-driven American cusine — has locations in Denver, Portland, Austin, Detroit, Cleveland and Schaumburg, Ill., with new locations coming in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Denver's Stapleton neighborhood, Sacramento, San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Chicago, Dallas and Brooklyn.