Sydney’s Acme to close in June

ACME will close next month

Mitch Orr and Cam Fairbairn’s one-hatted Italian pasta joint Acmewill close at the end of next month. A final service date is yet to be confirmed.

The popular restaurant has been in service in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay for five years. Orr said on Instagram that they will now be stepping back to relax.

“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,” Orr's Instagram post continued. 

Fairbairn also told Good Food that Sydney’s lock-out laws affected the harbourside area of Sydney hard. The pair remains thankful to the community that supported them, but Fairbairn says, “it was time to move on to different things”.

Head chef Orr, who won the 2010 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award, was known for his playful, nostalgia food like the restaurant’s famed baloney sandwiches, made with housemade potato bread and tomato sauce. His menu changed constantly, with hundreds of different dishes served over the five years.

To wrap things up, Orr will be serving a yet-to-be-confirmed menu of all-time staff favourites.

While they haven’t planned to reopen Acme in a new location, the pair is in the process of opening Prince of York with the Bar Brosé team, which is scheduled for a June arrival.

The Prince of York will match wine bar with restaurant and subterranean nightclub, with a strong emphasis on booze and DJs.