NEW ORLEANS -- Almost a year ago, fire swept through the Hubig's Pie bakery, destroying a New Orleans Icon.
But Savory Simon could soon be a pie man once again with Hubig's eyeing two new potential bakery sites.
A fire devoured the Hubig's Pie bakery almost a year ago now. Since the fire, New Orleanians have focused on where the new factory would go, putting the great debate of chocolate, coconut or apple on hold.
'It's been a very long and less-than-direct path to get where we are now,' said Andrew Ramsey, Hubig's operations manager.
Ramsey said the outpouring of ideas and support for Hubig's has been inspiring, and now they've narrowed their search for a new home down to two new sites.
One of them required action from the New Orleans City Planning Commission before they could even consider purchasing the site. It's currently owned by the NOCCA Institute, and the portion Hubig's has its eye on is part of a block of green space bounded by Press, N. Rampart, and St. Ferdinand Streets in the Marigny.
Former employees showed their support for Hubig's at the hearing Tuesday as the company asked for a conditional use permit for the site.
'We have welcomed conversations with Hubig's about relocating their operations on this site,' said Jackson Knowles, the community development director at the NOCCA Institute.
Ramsey said it's one of two new sites they're looking at.
'We have not inked a deal with NOCCA. We do not have a purchase agreement with NOCCA yet. We had to get to this point to get to that point,' Ramsey said.
The old Hubig's Pie site still smells like the fire that destroyed it. Hubig's still owns the site, and Ramsey said Tuesday they could still build on it.
'Most people agree it doesn't make sense to rebuild there. It's a non-truck route. It would be very hard to incorporate some of the rules that we're no longer grandfathered into, ADA parking, etc,' he said.
Hubig's is also considering building a new bakery in partnership with the Lighthouse Louisiana Uptown. They're currently using office space at the facility.
'We are anxious to come back,' Ramsey said.
He said whether they locate in Uptown or the Marigny, they want to keep baking in the Big Easy.
City Planning OK'd the permit unanimously. The next step would be to buy the property from the NOCCA Institute if that's their selected site.
Ramsey said he hopes to be back in business in a year.