HUGH Things Happening at Punch Bowl Social

Denver-based Punch Bowl Social has HUGH news to share this week. The national "eatertainment" concept announced the hiring of chef Hugh Acheson as culinary partner. Acheson, a James Beard award winning chef, is known for his role as a judge on TV's "Top Chef" and operates four restaurants in Georgia. He will oversee Punch Bowl Social's culinary direction with a new menu to be unveiled on August 26.

CEO of Punch Bowl Social, Robert Thompson, says, "The partnership with Hugh brings an injection of soulfulness to our menu while providing a consistent, disciplined and innovative approach to our culinary program."

According to Eater Denver, "Acheson will develop all seasonal menu changes, create daily green plate and blue plate specials offered at all locations, and provide guidance and leadership on the Punch Bowl Social management team."

"I have admired Punch Bowl Social's dedication and commitment to a completely scratch kitchen on such a large scale," Acheson said. "Their original southern inspired menu, design aesthetic of each location and food forward vision provides me with a unique opportunity to help grow and define the culinary program in a way that we hope will inspire other restaurants to focus on food in a similar way."

Thompson opened the first Punch Bowl Social in Denver's Baker neighborhood in 2012. Since then, he has openedĀ additional locations in Portland, Austin, Detroit, Cleveland, and Schaumburg, IL. Later this year, Punch Bowl Social will open in Indianapolis and Minneapolis and in 2017, new outposts will include Denver's Stapleton neighborhood, Sacramento, San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Chicago and Dallas.