Iconic Seafood Restaurant abruptly shuts down overnight
Acme Oyster House, a Louisiana-based seafood restaurant, has abruptly closed its Houston location after less than three years of operation. The sudden closure was attributed to a combination of factors, including staffing shortages, product sourcing difficulties, and rising inflation. Additionally, the stalled development of a mixed-use project nearby contributed to the demise of several nearby restaurants, including Acme Oyster House’s neighbors.
Established in New Orleans over a century ago, Acme Oyster House currently operates five restaurants along the Gulf Coast, with locations in Alabama and Florida. Prior to opening its Houston outpost in 2021, the company had expressed a desire to establish a presence in the city for over a decade. They secured their lease for the Montrose location prior to the pandemic, and were initially optimistic about the prospect of the adjacent mixed-use development.
During an Instagram status, the restaurant said ‘The team here at Acme also wants to thank the entire Houston Community for its outpouring of support and assistance.’ This prompted an emotional response from former customers who praised the eatery for its years of service.
While the closure may seem abrupt to the public, Acme Oyster House’s management emphasized that employees were informed in advance and that the company followed necessary procedures with the landlord before making the announcement public.