Skye Supper Club's Closing Is Unfortunate But Not Surprising

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Skye -- restaurant and music venue -- closed
Skye Supper Club -- one of Peoria's only upscale independent restaurants (offering live entertainment, no less) -- closed earlier this month. Owners Terri and Ann Davies posted a farewell note to their customers on the restaurant's website, saying:

We have been open over six years, and over the past three years, it has been extremely challenging to survive financially. And despite the best efforts of the employees, and your tremendous support and loyalty, we simply cannot continue.

Of course, it was the economy that dealt the biggest blow, but I'm pretty sure there were other factors that led to the restaurant's demise.

Skye may have taken a hit when executive chef Scott Tompkins, who helped open the restaurant in 2006, left to take some time off. His split with the Davies reportedly was amicable.

Tompkins, who ran the kitchen at Marco Polo for many years, made steaks and prime rib the focus of Skye's menu, which probably played well with the older clientele who frequented this expansive, plush place -- presumably to eat something familiar and listen to the Davies perform on the supper club side of the restaurant.

The Davies replaced Tompkins with French-born, French-trained chef Philippe Thelier, whose résumé includes a long stint with Sofitel restaurants, a European-based luxury chain with a decidedly French accent. Thelier kept the beef but also offered a far more seasonal menu, which included dishes such as sea bass with mango coulis and duck a l'orange. In addition, he added French desserts (who could complain about that?) and a children's menu, which offered a burger, mac and cheese, mushroom pizza and salmon. His menu and focus would have surely been more suited to Scottsdale than the west side's meat-and-potatoes crowd.

In any case, Skye's closure is a loss for Peoria -- which has a glut of chain restaurants -- and for the rare bird who still likes dressing for dinner and watching a show.


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Skye - CLOSED

16844 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria, AZ

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Terry Davies
Terry Davies

Hi Nicki, Just a quick note. Scott, Anne or myself were never the owners. The owners DID close the place down after pumping in a lot of money over the past 2 years to keep it open. The struggling economy is what closed the restaurant, nothing else....it was just too big. The Platinum Room where we held our concerts was still booming but not enough to keep the place open. The shows will live and thanks to everyone who supported us over the years, Terry Davies

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And despite the best efforts of the employees, and your tremendous support and loyalty, we simply cannot continue.

Nikki Buchanan
Nikki Buchanan

Yup. But I probably couldn't earn my keep that way.

Steve D.
Steve D.

This post could've been six lines: "The west side has no taste." Sorry, west side apologists: it's true. I'll bet you a Chili's Triple Dipper on it.

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