Nearly a year after a devastating fire destroyed its bakery on Dauphine Street, Hubig's Pies, maker of the beloved fried and filled pastry that briefly became more valuable than gold last year, will most likely resume pie-making operations at a new location on Press Street between Burgundy and North Rampart, right on the Marigny-Bywater border.
The Times-Pic's Bruce Eggler reports that the City Planning Commission approved a plan on Tuesday by a vote of 6-0 for Hubig's to move its bakery to a vacant lot on Press Street about three blocks away from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute (NOCCA owns the lot). The move has been almost universally well-received, though some immediate neighbors to the prospective Press Street bakery expressed concerns that the loss of the open lot would increase the dangers of flooding.
Jackson Knowles, representing the NOCCA Institute, also mentioned that the Simon Hubig Pie Co. has yet to officially ink the purchase agreement for the Press Street spot because they're waiting on tenterhooks to see if the city will issue the conditional-use permit they need to set up their pie-making operation. The site has been zoned for light industrial use, but the law still requires that the owners obtain a conditional-use permit, which needs approval from the City Council. At this point, that approval seems almost like a foregone conclusion.