One popular pie shop is sadly packing up its baking tools for good. The appropriately named Pie — which has served acclaimed sweet and savory treats in Fremont for the past nine years — announced on Facebook that it’s closing its bakery and food truck permanently. “We closed because my time as a restaurant owner has run its course,” co-owner Jess Whitsitt tells Eater Seattle. “I am now in graduate school and plan to work with people in a very different way once I get my degree in marriage and family therapy, but I will always be a pie baker at home and at heart.”
Pie had been praised by critics in the past for its chocolate peanut butter mini pies and its “fantastically tart” key lime variety (not to mention many savory versions, such as chorizo mac and cheese). The shop had also landed on Eater Seattle’s list of best pies in the city, with a variety of made-to-order concoctions of all sizes. While holding down the fort in Fremont, the mobile operation allowed Pie to expand its reach, and it briefly held an outpost at the Seattle Center’s Armory a few years ago, before that shut down.
This closure comes as somewhat of a surprise, especially since the holiday season (with its high dessert demand) is on the way. But Whitsitt says, “We decided to close before Thanksgiving orders were in full swing because I did not want the staff to be busting their butts in full force and then tell them we are closing — that just didn’t seem fair.”
She adds that she’s now open to selling the entire business, including the food truck, the brand, the equipment, and all the recipes she’s created over the years, and would even train someone new. “I am very proud of the product and brand we have created and would be happy to pass it off to the right person who wanted to take it on and make it their own.”