Libby Billings is the owner of Elote Café & Catering, The Vault and Roppongi. She’s a Tulsa native, Booker T. Washington alumni, OSU IT culinary school graduate and a proud mother of two.
Billings opened her first restaurant, Elote in 2008 with five employees and a $30,000 SBA business loan. Fast forward to 2018, she has opened two more restaurants and added 80 employees. She has been credited with the revitalization of the Deco District after forming and residing as President of the Deco District Neighborhood Association for its first five years. She has brought crowds to downtown Tulsa with Salsafest, and its Chihuahua races, Pop-up Shops, Chalkfest and Elote’s famous Luchadores.
In addition to her focus on urban revitalization, she led Tulsa’s restaurant industry with her commitment to local foods and sustainability. Elote was the first restaurant to recycle, compost and use biodegradable to-go boxes in Tulsa. Today, Billings serves on the Downtown Coordinating Council as the Chairwoman for 2017 and 2018. Billings has no investors and is proud to be a role model for other women and girls who want to follow their entrepreneurial dreams.