If there is one thing to learn from Bang Bang Pie Shop's Kickstarter success, it's that the public apparently loves pie. Originally, the online campaign hoped to gather $3,500 to help finish the renovations started on an old office space in Logan Square, but when all was said and done, the owners—husband and wife Megan and Dave Miller, along with Michael Ciapciak—raised over $10,000. Sure, a funny and heartfelt video helped their cause, but I'm guessing the idea of freshly made pie had more to do with it.
And, to be sure, Bang Bang is serious about the pies, especially the crusts: "I'm putting a sign up soon that explains that these pies have butter and lard in them," says Dave. "It's kind of obvious, but I just want everyone to know." In this case, the shop is using leaf lard sourced from local pigs. The result is a crust that is flaky and crisp, which is also able to stand up to the three different fillings.
While the majority of the focus is on the pies, Bang Bang does offer a couple other options. You'll be able to find freshly baked biscuits, which are served with house made jam and butter. Also, the shop is roasting its own coffee, and we all know how well a slice of pie and a cup of coffee go together.
The shop has been open for a few weeks now, but I just stopped by the other day to take a look around and to see how the operation was coming along. Check out the slideshow to see all the food available.