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Cajun-Creole Restaurant Acadia Appears to Be Permanently Closed

The Bella Vista restaurant serving New Orleans fare opened in 2018

the front of restaurant acadia
Acadia on S. Eighth Street

The sign is down at Acadia, the restaurant and bar serving New Orleans-style Cajun and Creole fare in Bella Vista near the Italian Market. It opened in January 2018.

Acadia was the first restaurant for chef Sean Nevins, who went for a degree from Wharton and a career in business development before switching paths. He opened Acadia at 824 S. Eighth Street, an address that has seen a few restaurants pass through over the years, including Coeur (from the owners of Clarkville and Local 44), the Mildred, and Jim Burke’s James.

The restaurant’s tagline was “Bringing New Orleans to Philadelphia” and Nevins focused on Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo, étouffée, jambalaya, blackened catfish, and po’boys. To drink: Sazeracs, Milk Punch, and the cherry cola Cheerwine. He also brought in jazz bands for live music nights.

A tipster reported the last day as August 13. Eater reached out to Nevins for more information.