In a highly-anticipated debut that's been eagerly awaited since it was first announced earlier this year, Pop Pie Co. will officially open this Wednesday, September 28. Its arrival brings both a new morning coffee option and an all day eatery to the University Heights neighborhood.
Set in a 1,100-square-foot space at the corner of Park Boulevard and Meade Avenue, Pop Pie Co. is the creation of co-owners Steven Torres and Gan Suebsarakham. Torres' passion for craft coffee manifests here in a program that features local roasters James Coffee Co. and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, plus a rotating roster of acclaimed out-of-town brands that includes Portland's Heart Roasters and San Francisco's Ritual Coffee Roasters. Beyond the de rigueur expresso drinks, Pop Pie will also offer pour overs and house specialty coffees, starting with a curry-ginger latte and pumpkin-five spice latte. To expedite coffee orders, a walk-up window will dispense coffee during busy mornings. Other beverages include three craft beer taps plus machata (a horchata/matcha combo), cold brew, and two pie-swirled milkshakes.
Trained pastry chef Suebsarakham is the creative mind behind a menu of five-inch savory pies and three-inch sweet pies inspired by global cuisines, including the chef's Thai heritage. Its initial savory lineup includes steak and ale, classic chicken pot pie, green curry chicken, and green chile pork with cheese; there are also two eggy breakfast pies. Optional sides range from creamed corn to green papaya slaw and cauliflower mashed potatoes with gravy. On the sweet side, there's apple crumble, coconut cream, matcha, and salted caramel chocolate fudge. Vegans can choose from a savory jackfruit pie or sweet apple pie, and a gluten-free crust option is coming soon.
Soft open starting Wednesday, September 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the 40-seat, counter-service style restaurant which includes an outdoor patio will ease into its regular hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting Saturday, October 8.