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Rushcutters Bay's Beloved Pasta Joint Acme Is Closing Its Doors

You've got until the end of June to have a final bowl of pig's head macaroni.
By Samantha Teague
May 30, 2019
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Rushcutters Bay's Beloved Pasta Joint Acme Is Closing Its Doors

You've got until the end of June to have a final bowl of pig's head macaroni.
By Samantha Teague
May 30, 2019
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At the end of June, the bright blue doors at the end of Bayswater Road will close for good when much-loved restaurant Acme shuts up shop.

Opened just under five years ago by Mitch Orr, Cam Fairbairn, Ed Loveday and Andy Emerson (the latter two have since left the business), the restaurant is known for its inventive takes on pasta, often combing Italian, Japanese, Filipino and Chinese ingredients, and fancy Jatz snacks, as well as its natural wine program and creative cocktails.

The restaurant also took home a slew of awards during its relatively short tenure, including regular inclusion in Gourmet Traveller's Top 100 restaurant list and a Good Food Guide hat.

Orr announced the closure today via his Instagram, saying: "we've made the decision that it has come for us to move onto the next chapter. Thanks to all our customers over the years, the ones that love and support us, those that don't quite get it and those that absolutely fucking hated it."

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Cam and I would like to announce that June will be acme’s last month. Just shy of our 5th bday, we’ve made the decision that it has come time for us to move onto the next chapter. Acme has been a lifelong ambition realised, providing me with some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my life. Over acme’s life span we have created over 450 dishes, never once repeating a dish. I’m incredibly proud of the culture we’ve fostered and the staff we’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to achieve anything. Thanks to all our customers over the years, the ones that love and support us, those that don’t quite get it and those that absolutely fucking hated it. I hope acme is remembered for its creativity, uniqueness, fun and for the influence it has had on Sydney dining. For the last month we’ll be running a menu full of our favourites over the years. Feel free to let me know if there’s a dish you’d like to see make a return. I hope you all come and give me a hug, eat some food and have a cup of tea with me over the next month.

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During the restaurant's life, chef Orr says he created over 450 dishes, never once repeating a dish, and also made regular appearances in other kitchens. Most recently, Orr and Fairbairn teamed up with Merivale for a pop-up Cambodian diner called Kingdom of Rice. While the duo hasn't yet announced any future plans, we're hoping this might be a taste of what's to come.

As for the other initials (yes, Acme is an acronym), Andy Emerson and Ed Lovely have a big CBD nightclub and bar in the works — we'll let you know as soon as we have more on that.

In the meantime, Acme will be serving up a menu "full of our favourites" for the final month. So make sure you head in for a final bowl of pig's head macaroni before it's gone.

Find Acme at 60 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay until June 30.

Top image: Steven Woodburn.

Published on May 30, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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