hubig's pies

Storyville: 'Grieving For The Pies I've Never Eaten'

Feb 6, 2014
Laura McKnight

I’m a fan of most South Louisiana specialties — crawfish, king cake, Zapp’s Potato Chips, et cetera — but a few things make me feel like a traitor to my local roots: I prefer my coffee without chicory, I’m ambivalent about oysters, and I’m pretty sure I have never in my life eaten a Hubig’s Pie.

Grant Morris

Drew Ramsey, the high priest of Hubig's, is facing his century-old company's challenge of rebuilding after a devastating fire destroyed Hubig's factory. Rod Olsen, the titan of tortillas, jumped ship from Zapp's to launch Hola Nola Foods, Louisiana's first and only tortilla maker.

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Almost any kind of comeback gets New Orleans excited, since the city lost so much in the flood after Hurricane Katrina. That goes especially for food.

One year ago Saturday, New Orleans lost a beloved brand when Hubig's pie bakery burned to the ground. The hand-held, fruit-filled crescents, fried golden-brown, had been delivered fresh to more than 1,000 local stores each morning.

Pie fans have come out in droves to support the company. But it takes more than T-shirts and fond memories to restart a business from scratch.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

New Orleans pie maker Simon Hubig Company Inc., whose plant was destroyed in a blaze six months ago, has sued the Kenner company that created and maintained its fire suppression system.

The Times-Picayune reports the lawsuit, filed in New Orleans Civil District Court, alleges Fire & Safety Commodities' "system failed, causing the complete destruction of the Hubig's facility."

A demolition project has started at the site of an iconic New Orleans bakery gutted by a fire in July.

Drew Ramsey, operations manager for the Simon Hubig Pie Co., tells WDSU-TV that the company hasn't decided where to rebuild the bakery that churned out roughly 100,000 fried snack pies every week.

A demolition crew used a crane Monday to pick through the wreckage of the company's building in the city's Marigny neighborhood.

It’s been a week since fire destroyed the historic Hubig’s pie factory in the Marigny. Owners are getting help from city officials and other businesses on rebuilding plans.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

A taste of New Orleans has gone up in smoke. The Hubig’s pie factory was destroyed in a five-alarm fire.

A five-alarm fire has destroyed a factory which had made hand-sized fried pies since 1922 and singed nearby houses, but nobody was injured.

Fire Superintendent Charles Parent tells WWL-TV that the factory is a total loss but firefighters limited damage to nearby houses to their exteriors.

He says the blaze began in the fryer room. Parent says the only employee on duty reported seeing smoke there and got out safely.

The Simon Hubig Pie Co. factory was the only one in a Texas-based chain to survive the Great Depression.