House of Pies getting closer to opening in The Woodlands
There is an old saying in the world of pastry chefs that perfect timing and measurements are the keys to impeccable desserts.
For the owners of House of Pies, the Houston dining stalwart renowned for 24-hour service and assorted surgary and savory treats, that kitchen wisdom doesn’t apply to the possible opening date of their fourth location in The Woodlands, which was initially set for Oct. 15 but may come sooner, or later.
Despite reports confirming the opening date as Oct. 15, Chuck Ganim, owner of The Woodlands location, said that date is just a target — hopefully, he added, the restaurant will open earlier, but it might also open after the “set” date.
“You never know what’s going to happen in construction,” Ganim said. “But we’re getting a lot closer.”
The Woodlands location will be the fourth location of House of Pies. It will occupy the former site of the now-defunct Black-Eyed Pea restaurant, located at 1330 Lake Woodlands Drive. There will be some differences from the Houston locations, such as minor tweaks to the restaurant’s signature logo and other decor changes, which were required as part of the township’s stricter design standards.
For Ganim and his family, who have owned the chain for more than 20 years, a move to The Woodlands was the next logical step in their expansion, he said.
“It’s just a great area to be in,” Ganim said of The Woodlands. “We’re trying to reach out to all the major parts of Houston and The Woodlands is an up and coming area.”
In addition to bringing its classic Bayou Goo, pecan pies and burgers to the township, Ganim said the new House of Pies is looking to hire more than 60 people to staff the restaurant. Those interested can visit any of the three existing locations to apply in person; the eatery needs cooks, servers, hosts and other staff.
Alhough it’s located more than 40 miles from its nearest counterpart, Ganim said The Woodlands location will be built in the same modern diner style and will serve up its beloved offerings 24 hours a day.
“It’s House of Pies, you can’t change House of Pies,” Ganim said. “It’s been the same for over 50 years.”