Just seven month after Stephanie and Cameron Phillips opened SBiPs in the bottom of the Quapaw Tower condominiums, the American French fusion restaurant is calling it quits. "We weren't able to bring in the downtown lunch crowd that we expected, there are high business taxes, particularly on businesses that sell alcohol. And with this economy, people just aren't eating out," Stephanie Phillips said. "It was our first time [opening a restaurant], and we feel good about what we've done." Beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow, SBiPs will host its closing celebration — which includes happy hour drink prices all night long.
Stephanie had never worked in the restaurant business before, and she held onto her job at FIS Global, even as she helped with the restaurant. As a 30 year veteran in the restaurant industry, Cameron handled the business side of SBiP's. "Our spirits are not crushed, and we're going out with a bang," said Stephanie, "but I don't know if we have the heart to open another restaurant. It's a tough business." Tomorrow's celebration will feature some of SBiP's standard menu items (at standard menu prices) and a host of specials that have been well received. Escargot, feta and spinach Stuffed 'Shrooms, Prime Rib and Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo will be among the offerings.
SBips is located inside Quapaw Tower at 700 E 9th St Ste -1e