Phoenix 'cue master Stacy Phipps has had his ups and downs when it comes to restaurant ownership. It's been several years since we last heard from him — in 2013, he had just re-taken over his restaurant on Indian School Road after shuttering his barbecue stand in Sunnyslope. He's since left that restaurant, but now he's at it again.
Earlier this week, Phipps opened Stacy's Pampered Pig at 607 West Osborn Road in Central Phoenix. The Valley's newest barbecue spot takes over a large space formerly occupied by the Hidden House bar and lounge and serves a familiar menu of 'cue and Southern sides in a decidedly frill-less atmosphere. It should be exactly what Phipps many fans would expect.
For those who haven't been around long enough to know Phipps' history in this town, know that he first gained a following while serving soul food at his eponymous restaurant near downtown Phoenix in the early/mid-2000s. It closed unexpectedly about a decade ago, and it would be two long years before Phipps resurfaced at the hard-to-miss, bright purple Stacy's Smokehouse on Indian School Road. He opened a short-lived second location of the restaurant in Scottsdale, but by just one year later had closed the second spot and no longer was involved with the original restaurant either. He relocated to a small restaurant in Sunnyslope in June 2012, then closed that spot in 2013 and moved back into the restaurant on Indian School Road, which was renamed Stacy's Smoke Dem Bones Pit Stop. He's no longer involved with that restaurant, which has since changed its name to Smoke Dem Bones BBQ.
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Stacy's Pampered Pig, found in the same strip mall as Mi Patio Mexican restaurant, doesn't have a liquor license yet but is serving a menu of ribs, brisket, pulled chicken and pork, and housemade hotlinks. Diners have the option to build a two- or three-meat combo plate, which comes with your choice of two Southern sides, or to opt for sandwiches or meat by the pound.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 602-264-4139 or visit the Stacy's Pampered Pig Facebook.