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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sugarfire Pie's Brand New Shop: A Sweet Slice of the Fifties in Olivette

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Sugarfire Pie's Stack Pie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Sugarfire Pie's Stack Pie. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Coinciding the sugar rush of Halloween, Sugarfire Pie (9200 Olive Street, Suite 108; 314-736-6300) opened at the end of October in Olivette, serving pastry chef Carolyn Downs' pies and pastries just two doors down from Mike Johnson's Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-5301).

The interior of the bakery takes on what its frilly-apron-clad employees playfully refer to as the effeminate counterpart to its barbecue-slinging flagship. Colorful themes from the fifties occupy every corner of the shiny new shop, from retro dinette sets and decor to a record player playing vinyl in the open kitchen.

Chef Carolyn Downs (second from left) with staff.
  • Chef Carolyn Downs (second from left) with staff.

The most eye-catching element, however, awaits at the entrance: a brightly-lit table-top filled with all manner of fresh-from-the-oven pies available by the slice. Select from staples including apple, key lime and the eponymous (and recently renamed) Sugarfire Pie, or opt for one of Downs' other creations -- whoopie pies, hand pies, stacked pies, or pie baked inside cake, anyone?

Individual servings start at $4 each, with whole pies and pans starting at $28. For other options, consider Downs' award-winning bread pudding straight from Cyrano's (603 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-963-3232), cookies, cobbler, Ronnie's Ice Cream, floats, or soft-serve custard with from-scratch toppings.

At the entrance.
  • At the entrance.

Sugarfire Pie's current hours are every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, check out the Sugarfire Pie website or follow it via Facebook.

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