An expansion was inevitable for Hoosier Mama Pie Co., as they continue to bake some of Chicago’s most-popular pies and other treats inside their tiny West Town bakery. The need for space was real, as there’s just a few small tables and the window booth. Next month, the pie shop will expand next door, where they currently house office space. They’ll treat guests to more seating and new items.
The new menu should include homemade ice cream and a more-expansive savory pie selection, according to Hoosier Mama’s Ursula Siker. An espresso bar with Metropolis Coffee and floats are also being discussed. It will be a different set up than in Evanston, where Hoosier Mama collaborates with Dollop Coffee in a suburban shop.
The new space, just to the east, will have two more window-side booths, and small tables. The bar will also have a view of a new rolling table so guests can watch staff roll out dough.
Paula Haney and Craig Siegelin opened the pie shop in 2009 and the partnership with Dollop emerged in 2013. They’ve surged in popularity leading to the publication of a cookbook that same year. The staff is gearing up for farmer’s market season, and right now they’re selling a unique fan-favorite, “The Chicago Sunrise”—a custard-style pie with grapefruit juice and Malört. Despite the presence of Chicago’s favored right of passage shot, the pie isn’t bitter. However, don’t expect Hoosier Mama to roll out a line of liquor-themed pies. They will continue to focus on the classics, even at the larger space.