February 27, 2012 Posted by khelgeson in Business, Local, News
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Olive B’s

By Abbie Digel, Explorebigsky.com Editor

BIG SKY—The holiday crowd filled every seat at Big Sky’s newest bistro, Olive B’s, over Presidents’ weekend. The new dining establishment, located on the corner across from the Big Sky Chapel in the Meadow Village Center, has been packed every night following its Valentine’s Day opening.

Customers haven’t seemed to mind waiting for tables; the sparkling bar was packed with patrons, from families to couples and groups of friends, patiently sipping on cocktails, and clearly having a great time.

The idea for Olive B’s was conceived alongside the birth of the owners Jennie and Warren Bibbins’ child, baby Olive, about eight months ago. They said when the lease for the space became available, they jumped at the chance to own their own restaurant.

Warren, also known as ‘Bibber’, has been a presence in the Big Sky dining scene for over 25 years. Jennie moved to Big Sky from New York City about two years ago, fresh out of culinary school. The couple met while working in the kitchen at the Yellowstone Club.

The menu is full of favorites like pasta, burgers, steak, and local game, but with an emphasis on fresh seafood and New England style-fare, a product of Warren’s east coast roots. They also have nightly specials, including homemade desserts.

“We are shooting for quality service,” Warren said.

They hired Mike Buck, also from the Yellowstone Club, to be their “right hand man” at the front of the house, and also hired 25 full time bartenders and experienced wait and kitchen staff.

“We’re taking off pretty well. Our honeymoon period is going to last quite a long time,” Warren said. “A lot of people I’ve catered for, and people up at the [Yellowstone] Club, are very excited. I think people are thankful there is another dining choice in Big Sky.”

The space, which has been home to several other restaurants in the past, was completely gutted and redesigned. It now has an intimate feel, with contemporary details like modern brick, metal accents and an open kitchen.

The Bibbins hope Olive B’s will be a place for people to visit once a week when they don't feel like cooking dinner.

“We wanted something that was elegant for dressy nights out, but casual enough so people feel comfortable coming in after cross country skiing,” Jennie said. “We wanted a look and feel that wouldn't go out of style.”

Olive B’s is open Monday through Saturday for lunch 11 – 3 p.m., dinner 5 – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call (406) 995-3355 for reservations.