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Shake-Up In Ownership at Acme F & B: Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson are Out

Girls Gone Wild: Colleen O’Hare, Brooke Humphries, Brianna Larson, and Jeana Johnson at Acme F&B.

Last week I heard there was trouble brewing at Acme F & B. My insider, Garganta Profunda de una Vaca, relayed intel: The four owners were in disagreement over the “meat allocation program and front of the house service system.” GPDUV said Acme  F&B c0-owners (Team Barcadia), Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson, bought out co-owners Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson, (Team Good 2 Go TacoGoodfriend).

I emailed Jeana Johnson last Monday and asked if the buyout scenario was true. She replied, “This is not true.” I pushed, “Are you still owners.” Johnson typed, “Yes we are.” I smelled a lawyer. I went on to bigger and better things.

Last Friday, at 6:56PM, Johnson sent me an update: “Ok NOW we are no longer owners of Acme.” (Attorney aroma again.)

Perhaps it’s as simple as the too-many-cooks syndrome. But since the restaurant opened on June 1, there have been confusing signals.  Our First Look, written by Carol Shih, painted this picture:

Each table also has a front wait who brings the food to your table, and a captain who guides you through the menu. He or she is the one who explains to new guests why ACME F&B changes its menu daily, stressing the importance of what the Good To Go and Barcadia women are trying to implement: better treatment of farmers while keeping the quality of food top-notch.

A little less than four months later another picture emerged: Norm Grimm was named executive chef. Grimm’s appointment was somewhat surprising since most of us assumed O’Hare and Johnson, the names most closely associated with the food program, were in the kitchen. We called, we asked, and we were assured this was a natural progression of their business plan.

Mierda happens. It certainly has at Acme F& B. Humphries, Larson, and Grimm, all eyes are on you. Bring us your best game.

(Side note: Humphries and Larson are opening a third Barcadia location in New Orleans.)

7 comments on “Shake-Up In Ownership at Acme F & B: Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson are Out

  1. And, twin, who wouldn’t be! This is a great disappointment and I am very sorry the way ot has been handled. Thesse gals work hard and had a great future but his is not good.

  2. @critic, that would be a fun game, name all the restaurants, in order, that have been there.

  3. Seems true about that location being cursed. Wonder why? Seems convenient enough. Nothing complimenting it nearby? Too hard to park? Just curious.

  4. Justnews, how about, too expensive to eat there more than once? I’m always looking for reasonable price places to add to my weekly/monthly rotation of restaurants, and this is beyond more than a “special occasion” or “let’s try the new place” meal.

    Also, it would be “complement.”

  5. We were there a couple of weeks ago. Literally, every single item was a flop. I’m surprised the announcement isn’t a full closure. Something major needs to happen.