With flagship locations in University Heights and additional outposts in Costa Mesa, Pop Pie Co. and sister company Stella Jean’s Ice Cream are headed next to Point Loma where they’ll open later this summer on Voltaire Street near popular Italian restaurant Cesarina.
Taking over The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s former corner spot, the businesses will share a roof but retain their own separate counters and distinct branding in a space designed by local firm Tecscape that will offer both indoor and outdoor seating.
Co-owners Steven Torres and Gan Suebsarakham, who operate Pop Pie and Stella Jean’s under The Sweet and Savory Collective, were able to ramp up their takeout and delivery service during the pandemic by renting a commissary kitchen in the Clairemont area that should also aid the partners in their expansion plans, though Torres says they’re being cautious about not growing too fast.
A coffee fanatic who lived in Seattle for a decade, Torres runs Pop Pie’s coffee program with a rotating roster of micro-roasters but has been working to develop his own line of high-end coffee that will fuel its locations going forward. Torres says that he’s looking for a space to house the roastery with plans to be up and running by this fall.
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