East Durham Bake Shop moves into American Tobacco Campus with pie pop-up

Pie is perhaps the most important part of Thanksgiving, the warm spice of pumpkin, the rich sweetness of pecan.

The new pop-up space at the American Tobacco Campus will become pie central next month as East Durham Bake Shop moves in.

Married owners Ali Rudel and Ben Filippo are no strangers to pop-ups, having run their pie and pastry business, then known as East Durham Pie Company, for years with weekly stops at breweries or farmers markets. This spring they finally opened their pastry shop in a brightly renovated building on Driver Street in East Durham.

The ATC pop-up is all about Thanksgiving, running from Nov. 5 to 21, serving pies from the bakery’s seasonal menu and pastries. Similar to their own shop, Rudel and Filippo also will serve coffee, tea and juice. The shop will sell pie by the slice for those immediate cravings or whole to take home.

The Thanksgiving pie menu, according to the bakery’s website, features bourbon caramel apple, honey bourbon pecan, malted pumpkin, cranberry pear crumble, dark chocolate and sweet potato.

“Pie carries deep family and cultural traditions, and therefore so many wonderful memories for a lot of people,” Rudel said in a release. “We often hear people tell stories about their parents, relatives and those who have since passed away when we talk to them about pie. It’s a food that changes depending on what we have in abundance and brings people a specific happiness.”

The East Durham Bake Shop pop-up will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be special pick-up times for pre-ordered pies Nov. 20 and 21. (A limited number of pre-orders are being accepted now.)

This is the fourth tenant to run a short-term residency in the 1,400-square-foot ATC pop-up space. The first was coffee roaster Caballo Rojo, followed by Puerto Rican soul food Boricua Soul. Furniture store MicMag by Me is the current occupant and will remain in the space through Oct. 27.

Find the shop at 359 Blackwell St. in the Diamond View III building between the main campus, Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

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Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson
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