Before Satchmo had ever formed his first band, the Acme Café was opened on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Acme has been pleasing the palates of discriminating diners ever since.
After a fire destroyed the Acme Café, it was re-established as Acme Oyster House at 724 Iberville, where it still operates today.
Whether it was the one of the last stops before shipping out or first when they came home, troops would muster at the bar to bolster their spirits for one more “last call’. They stayed true to their core values of responsibility – Duty, Honor, Country – and some fun.
Acme had seen some unkind years with the flight to the suburbs and the explosion of “fast food” at every corner. Hours were short and the staff was small. New Orleanian Mike Rodrigue was most fortunate to have the opportunity to awaken this sleeping giant! With one waitress in a “self-serve” format, the first directive sign with a sarcastic twist was developed for the wall, Waitress Available “Sometimes”. Even if the waitress was there, it depended on Vi’s mood for service. That iconic neon sign along with “Poet’s Corner” now adorns each of our locations.
Over thirty years later, an Acme Oyster House can be found across the Gulf South. Hungry patrons flock to Acme from all corners of the world to eat, laugh and love with us over an authentic New Orleans seafood meal.