Cinco y Diez and New Souper Jenny Opening Early 2014
By Christopher Hassiotis
December 27, 2013
Cinco y Diez, the new collaboration between Top Chef alumni Hugh Acheson (partner and chef/owner of Five & Ten and Empire State South) and Whitney Otawka, is getting closer to opening, with an "early 2014" date now projected. The Athens restaurant will be located in the space vacated after the summertime relocation of Acheson's first restaurant, Five & Ten. Construction is coming along and the restaurant just launched its Facebook page. Otawka, formerly of Farm 255, will be executive chef for the space; she plans to draw on her Southern California upbringing for the seasonal cuisine, focusing on regional Mexican styles with other Latin and pan-American influences (1563 S. Lumpkin St.).
Souper Jenny, a popular Buckhead soup-and-sandwich-and-more lunch spot (pictured above), will open its second location in early February. The new spot will be in the DeVry building in downtown Decatur in a space formerly occupied by a Pita Pit franchise. Souper Jenny's new location will replicate the original's cafeteria-style service, with a daily-changing menu and a list of house rules, according to owner Jenny Levison (1 W. Court Sq., Decatur).
A switchover takes place soon at Azul Agave. The Alpharetta Mexican restaurant will become Urban Spice. Staff answering phones at the restaurant did not know much about the change, but an online hiring post says "Urban Spice is contemporary Indian food with Latin and South Asian influences." Azul Agave's website also announces the launch of Moghul Caterers, which will presumably focus on the new cuisine (4120 Old Milton Parkway; 678-566-0169).