NEW ORLEANS -- It’s been four years since a massive fire destroyed the Hubig’s Pie factory.
While the owners vowed to rebuild even as firefighters worked to get the blaze under control, that has yet to happen, leaving fans of the popular fruit-filled pies emptyhanded.
But on Friday, Haydel’s Bakery stepped in to fill the void.
Employees at the Jefferson Highway bakery stayed busy from the time the doors opened, selling new hand pies, as they’re being called.
The Haydel’s hand pies are similar in size and shape to a Hubig’s, but this version is baked, not fried like its predecessor. Fillings right now include lemon, cherry, chocolate and apple.
Apple was apparently the most popular flavor.
“Apple is selling light years ahead of everything,” said bakery co-owner David Haydel Jr. “In fact, we had to start making some more apple because they were running out.”
But all the extra effort couldn’t keep up with the demand. The pie supply was gone within hours, Haydel’s later reported on its Facebook page.
But for those lucky enough to get their hands on one, it didn’t disappoint.
“This was more than worth the wait,” said Suzie Craig, who showed up to buy pies for her office. “More than worth the wait.”
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