Oyster-obsessed New Orleans restaurant suddenly shutters in Montrose
A high-profile Montrose restaurant has suddenly closed. Acme Oyster House has served its last meal.
In a lengthy post on Facebook, the restaurant cited a number of reasons for the closure, including supply chain shortages, staffing issues, and delays in construction of a new mixed-use development slated to open at the corner of Westheimer Road and Montrose Boulevard.
After thanking the restaurant’s employees for their hard work, the statement also recognized Houstonians for their support.
“The team here at Acme also wants to thank the entire Houston Community for its outpouring of support and assistance,” the statement continues. “Your city and the Montrose area are just going to continue to get better and better. We can’t wait (and will be a little jealous) of the major development of this Montrose corridor over the next ten years! We truly believe in this area.”
First opened in 2021, the New Orleans-based restaurant claimed Montrose's historic Tower Theater (1201 Westheimer Rd.), formerly the site of El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, for its first Texas outpost. The extensive menu included raw, fried, and chargrilled oysters alongside other New Orleans favorites like gumbo, étouffée, and po'boys.
Houstonians flocked to the restaurant initially with waits of an hour or more common at peak times. Sadly, Acme couldn’t sustain that initial momentum.
Emphasizing the restaurant’s important role in the neighborhood, popular Instagram meme account montrosecellectuals has already paid tribute to the shuttered spot with a farewell post.
While the closure brings an end to Acme’s presence in Houston, it may not be gone for good. The farewell Facebook post concludes on an optimistic note:
“We hope to see you sooner rather than later, and always remember, Life’s More Fun with Seafood.”