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Never tried their cakes but their burgers were really good.:(


Montrose Mainstay Acadian Bakery Shutters After 40 Years


The iconic cake spot’s space is currently up for lease 

by Brittanie Shey@brittanieshey  Jul 29, 2020, 12:37pm CDT

Montrose’s Acadian Bakery, a longtime stalwart and source for many a Houstonians’ king cakes, has closed after more than 40 years.

The bakery’s newest owner posted to Instagram on March 18 that the shop would be closing temporarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That closure is now permanent, according to leasing agent Jonathan Kagan.

On Tuesday morning, construction workers were seen working inside the building, at 604 W Alabama Street, and a large dumpster full of demolished building material was parked outside. The building’s distinctive signage and murals had also been removed. 

Back in November, Outsmart Magazine reported that Acadian’s then-owner, Sandy Bubbert, was selling the shop after 40 years. Bubbert, who is in her mid-70s, started as an employee of the bakery, where she helped add lunch items like the much-loved hamburger. In return, the two owners, a pair of gay men from New Orleans, taught Bubbert how to bake. In 1979, she bought the bakery from its owners when they moved back to Louisiana.

Over more than four decades, the bakery became a mainstay in the Montrose. Outsmart chronicled Bubbert and the bakery’s longtime advocacy of the gay community. In the interview, Bubbert recalled the loss the community suffered during the AIDS epidemic — especially Montrose’s hospitality industry, which included many gay-friendly nightclubs, bars and restaurants. “We had a lot of talent in our community, but we lost so much of it to AIDS,” she said. In 1997, the bakery suffered another loss. An electrical fire on Thanksgiving Day destroyed the shop, taking with it Bubbert’s family cookbooks.

In addition to its beloved king cakes, the bakery was well-known for other special occasion pastries. In 1989, Bubbert baked a giant cake shaped like the Texas State Capital — large enough to serve 500 people — for the inauguration of Governor Ann Richards, sleeping in her truck overnight in Austin to watch over the dessert before delivering it. A reviewer on Facebook wrote that when he worked at the White House, Houstonian and former First Lady Barbara Bush would frequently request cakes from Acadian Bakery. In addition, Bubbert’s wedding cakes were highly sought after throughout Texas.

The bakery’s new owner, a woman named Madeleine, posted an introduction to Instagram on January 11, saying she was excited to be taking over the historical business. Just two months later, the bakery was forced to close due to Houston’s stay at home order. Leasing agent Jonathan Kagan told Eater that in part due to the coronavirus, the takeover of the bakery just didn’t pan out as expected.

As of press time, neither the new owner nor Sandy Bubbert had responded to a request for comment.

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I didn't realize they had been there for that long. I could've sworn they opened in the mid-80s. When I lived nearby, I used to walk over there almost every morning - back then they had a really good pain au chocolat that made a fine start to the day when paired with a latte.

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I visited this place oftenin my 15 years here.I admit I liked it a bit better pre renovation.
I always wondered if that renovation somehow was connected to the stickers that were placed over the women’s face In all those large PR framed pictures that hung on the wall. 
what ever was up with that, it reminded me of going through family photo albums and seeing that the offensive husband of my great aunt was torn out or cigarette burned out of any photo he was in after he had divorced that Aunt. Wondering if maybe  that’s just a southern reaction to a former loved ones betrayal.

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On 4/26/2021 at 1:59 PM, hindesky said:

Drove by and saw a moving truck and workers removing stuff. I guess "billarning gallery" is moving out.

I was wrong, they didn't move out. They may have just been changing out the art they had inside.

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