The Pie Hole, the Los Angeles–based American pie and coffee shop, will bring its classic made-from-scratch, sweet and savory pies to Old Towne Orange by April. The Pie Hole has been featured on The Cooking Channel show “Unique Eats” and Condé Naste Traveler included the Maple Custard Pie in its “Top 12 Best Pies in America.” Other sweet favorites will be available such as Mexican Chocolate and Earl Grey Tea, along with savory offerings like Chicken and Cornbread Pot Pie and Mac ‘n’ Cheese Hand Pie. The Pie Hole offers a signature line of organic coffee, and hand-pulled espresso, in a fast casual, local gathering space format.
The Pie Hole established itself as a Los Angeles classic immediately after opening in 2011, with fifth generation spanning family pie recipes and the motto of “Happiness One Slice at a Time.”
Rick and Madeleine Anaya are among the first Southern California franchisees. They own the rights to open three locations in Orange County.
“We selected Orange as our first location because we found this community to be attractive and the people to be warm and friendly. We love the people, the antique stores, the eateries, and the events, that are all a part of Orange. We feel The Pie Hole OTO can do a good job serving the community of Orange because The Pie Hole espouses community, friendship, and happiness. I remember talking with Sean Brennan, one of the owners, and he told us, ‘The Pie Hole promotes friendship and happiness one slice at a time.’
“I come from Switzerland and when Rick and I first got married 30 years ago, one of the things I missed was the coffee. So, Rick and I bought a Jura coffee machine in Switzerland and carried it back with us to our home in Rancho Cucamonga shortly after our wedding. After we hooked it up to a transformer that must have weighed 5 pounds, we had the best coffee in Southern California and we dreamed of opening a coffee shop with pastries. We are now realizing a dream 30 years in the making and it is exciting. We feel truly blessed to be a part of a great team at The Pie Hole and in a beautiful community,” says Madeleine Anaya.
The Pie Hole has two current locations: one in the trendy Downtown Arts District and another on Colorado Blvd in Old Town Pasadena. In April, another location will also open by historic Hollywood and Vine.