Man Quits His Job by Singing and Dancing With a Quintet

Quitting a job is often an awkward experience. But, it turns out, the whole experience can benefit from a little song and dance. Just ask a man named Phil Sipka. The Chicagoan wanted to quit his job at a coffee shop to open his own spot. To make delivering the news easier, he got help from The Steve Harvey Show, which fixed him up with the a quintet known as The Voices. Together, they delivered a notice for the ages.

The video, which originally aired in 2012, sees Sipka—dressed in a dapper suit and tie—walk in to Robust Coffee Lounge alongside his musical entourage. His bosses, Jake and Derek, are taken aback when Sipka says he's got an announcement to make, but they also look excited at the sight of the group. To their surprise, Sipka announces that he is quitting! The onlooking customers are delighted by the drama and the free show they are getting with their coffee. By the end, Jake and Derek can't help but smile and clap, too.

After this elaborate resignation performance, Sipka made his dream of opening his own coffee shop a reality. Fast forward to over a decade later, and it's still thriving. Kusanya Cafe, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. But this isn't an ordinary coffee shop. Working as a non-profit, Kusanya hosts community and arts events, and it also offers job training and apprenticeship. “We exist to provide the place where great people can come together over great food, and community-born events can take place,” the company states.

Meanwhile, Sipka continues to be heavily involved with Kusanya Cafe's philanthropic mission—and showing his singing abilities when they host karaoke nights. “We exist for the casual interactions among neighbors, the chance meetings, and the collaboration that happens organically when people are together,” says the team. If you're ever in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, you can find them 825 West 69th St.

To stay up to date with their activities, you can follow Kusanya Cafe on Instagram.

A Chicagoan named Phil Sipka went viral for quitting his job with a clever song and dance.


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He left his job at a coffee shop at Robust Coffee Lounge to open his own place.

10 years later, his own coffee shop, Kusanya Cafe, continues to thrive.


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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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