Sharon leaving Sharon’s breakfast spot in Steamboat
Pisa’s keeping name of breakfast spot located in Riverside Plaza
June 10, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Sharon Stone has left the breakfast spot in Riverside Plaza that bears her name, which Pisa's owner said the restaurant will keep.
Chris Hebrank, owner of Pisa's Pizza and Pasta in west Steamboat Springs, said Wednesday that Stone left May 31 of her own accord, after providing notice of her departure from the restaurant where she served breakfasts since April 2009. Hebrank said Sharon's at Pisa's has "13 months of history of cheap, reliable, quality breakfasts." He said those characteristics will continue under Pisa's management and are the reason he chose to keep the Sharon's at Pisa's name. Hebrank said that name is trademarked through his corporation No Anchovies.
"It's a brand type. It stands for something — a quick, easy breakfast," Chris Hebrank said about the Sharon's name. "It has nothing to do with her personally."
But it's personal for Stone.
"They decided to go ahead and call it Sharon's, and that's the part that really bothers me a lot," Stone said earlier this month. "I've used the name 'Sharon's' in this town for over 20 years."
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Before opening Sharon's at Pisa's, Stone ran the City Cafe in Centennial Hall for two years before the current owner, Olivia Murray, took over in April 2009. Stone's other previous restaurant, Sharon's, served homestyle meals in Steamboat from April 1988 to 1996 or 1997. Stone also runs a catering business called Sharon's Catering.
Stone said she hopes to eventually open a new breakfast and lunch restaurant in west Steamboat.
Chris and his father, Bill Hebrank, said they wish Stone well. Bill Hebrank said most of the Sharon's at Pisa's staff is remaining the same, but Stone's son is no longer cooking there. The new cook is Charisse Middleton, a former longtime cook at The Shack Cafe.
Julie Jordan said Wednesday that she is staying on as front-of-house manager for Sharon's at Pisa's.
"I enjoyed working with Sharon, and so far I've enjoyed working with Chris and Bill," Jordan said. "It's a great place to have breakfast. We've got great, loyal customers that we see every day — I'm hoping that can continue."
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