Melancholia Settles Over New Orleans: Hubig’s Pies Has Burned To The Ground

I have a list of things to do each time I’m fortunate enough to spend a few days in New Orleans.

Upon arrival in the city I ride my bike out to Chalmette and purchase a muffaletta at Tag’s Deli, best in the region, to let ripen on the bureau for late night eating. Then I walk into Schiro’s in the Marigny to pick up some Zapp’s chips, a 6 pack of Restoration Ale and a handful of Hubig’s Pies.

When I see the Savory Simon logo smiling at me from the rack at the Indian restaurant/quick mart, I know that Texas is far behind and I’m back in the arms of my favorite American city- New Orleans. As a place to purchase a coconut or lemon Hubig’s Pie, Schiro’s is one of the best locations in the city.

It’s less than 200 yards from the factory.

The factory that just burned down on Dauphine Street.

The first call came into the fire department at 4:30 am this morning, July 27th 2012. New Orleans fire fighters were on the scene within 5 minutes. Eventually, thirty five units responded with 95 fire fighters battling as hard as they could.

For naught.

After a two hour battle the building was declared a total loss.

Originally a Dallas-Fort Worth company, Hubig’s Pies expanded to New Orleans in 1922 and began operating out of a former stable in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.

While the Great Depression’s rationing of staples like flour and sugar led to the Texas branch’s shuttering, the New Orleans factory stayed open due the largesse of the workers. They donated their ration coupons to the company so they’d have a place to work.

Then Katrina came along in 2005 closing Hubig’s for four months. The building did not flood but the roof took a heavy pounding from the torrential rains and the fryers were not burbling again until early 2010.

New Orleans is the toughest town in the United States, and it also features the strongest sense of community of any American city. Hubig’s Pies will be back and it will be back stronger than ever. You can count on it.

Charles Parent, fire chief, put it most eloquently, speaking on behalf of his men who valiantly battled the blaze that razed the pie maker  “Our guys put this out with their tears.”

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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2 Responses to Melancholia Settles Over New Orleans: Hubig’s Pies Has Burned To The Ground

  1. RL Reeves Jr says:

    Yet it is a very plain and elementary truth, that the life, the fortune, and the happiness of every one of us, and, more or less, of those who are connected with us, do depend upon our knowing something of the rules of a game infinitely more difficult and complicated than chess. It is a game which has been played for untold ages, every man and woman of us being one of the two players in a game of his or her own. The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance. To the man who plays well, the highest stakes are paid, with that sort of overflowing generosity with which the strong shows delight in strength. And one who plays ill is checkmated—without haste, but without remorse.

    Thomas Henry Huxley
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