When Humble Pie closed its shop in the Baker neighborhood this fall, the owners said they hoped to re-open in a bigger space and expand the concept with a full bar and larger menu. Now co-owner Jessica Dolgan says the deal is done: Humble Pie will reopen next year in a new spot on East Colfax Avenue. "It's nice to get this place under lease," says Dolgan who opened the original pie shop with partner Tamara Brink in 2012.
The new Humble Pie will be located in the same building that will also house Cerebral Brewing and one other yet-to-be named eatery. Dolgan says the landlords should have the space move-in ready by March, at which point she can begin converting the 1,300 square-foot former auto-body shop. The pie-maker, who is also a practicing clinical psychologist, says she loved the Baker neighborhood and plans to keep the vibe the same at the new location, with "up-cycled and vintage" decor that's rustic and inviting without mimicking a vintage pie shop.
Dolgan wants the new Humble Pie to be an all-day "neighborhood hub for Conress Park and City Park," with breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a wider range of savory pies and pie sizes, including the current three- and four-inch minis as well as new hand pies. "I'm a big fan of whiskeys, mezcals and tequilas," she adds, divulging that pie pairings with spirits and beers are part of the plan. With room for 45 seats, plus more on the patio, the bakery will center around a full-length bar for ordering food, drinks and pie-shakes made with local ice cream from Sweet Action.
Although Humble Pie makes sweet and savory pies, Dolgan says that "we don't want to be known as just a sweets shop." Her fondness for meat- and vegetable-filled pies comes from her grandmother, who was an expert at savory styles, but some of the sweet versions -- like the signature buttermilk banana cream pie -- are also adaptations of family recipes.
Since the official opening is still months away (they're hoping for a June opening), Dolgan is keeping the Humble Pie name alive in customer's minds by offering pick-up and mail-order pies baked in her commissary kitchen. A mobile van will also be out and about in the coming months, more as a marketing tool than a full-fledged food truck. In the meantime, pies can be ordered on the Humble Pie website and Dolgan will keep customers posted about the van's location through the company's Facebook page.
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