Last Thursday, the Village's balloon-happy, Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed Sweetiepie closed without warning. On Saturday a sign went up announcing the closure was due to a fire, though a source on the scene wasn't really buying it. Today, Grub Street hears that the entire staff was laid off without their last week's pay and that the restaurant was bombarded with collection calls up until the shutter. The owners allegedly told the staff they were closing due to debts.
If the restaurant actually does close for good—it's been used this past week for photoshoots but could of course have a comeback—it will be the third restaurant getting involved in some degree with chef Ryan Skeen. Which of course is just a coincidence.
· Sweetiepie Pleads ‘Kitchen Fire,’ Leaves Vendors and Staff Burned [GS]
· Sweetiepie Is Also a Restaurant That Was Recently on Fire [~ENY~]