"We welcome the return of this iconic local brand with open arms and empty stomachs."

Hubigs Pies
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This is not a drill: Hubig's Pies is finally returning to New Orleans!

On Thursday, seven years after the institution's Dauphine Street factory was destroyed by a devastating fire, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Hubig's Pies owner Andrew Ramsey announced that the company plans to relaunch production of its famous fruit pies in 2020.

NOLA.com reports that the family owners of the brand have spent years working quietly to get the business up and running again. This week, the state's economic development agency approved Hubig's Pies for a small business loan guarantee program and is making a $1.37 million investment in a new Jefferson Parish manufacturing facility.

"We're getting the band back together," Ramsey said.

The traditional turnover-style hand pies will be distributed in the same markets as before, ranging from the Louisiana-Texas border to Mobile, Alabama.

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"No one embraces traditions and good food like the people of Louisiana," Gov. Edwards said in a news release. "Hubig's Pies are as unique to Louisiana as Mardi Gras, and we welcome the return of this iconic local brand with open arms and empty stomachs. We're happy to help support Hubig's Pies as it revives a great culinary tradition and creates new career opportunities in Louisiana's rich culinary heritage."

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Located in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans for 90 years, before the fire, the plant reportedly produced an average of 25,000 pies a day. The bestsellers were apple, lemon, peach, pineapple, chocolate, and coconut along with assorted seasonal favorites.

"We're looking forward to our relaunch and being able to announce a more detailed timeline soon," Ramsey said. "We've been a New Orleans company since the 1920s. We buy local, hire local, and our main market is Louisiana. We are eager to get Hubig's Pies back into the hands of our loyal customers. We appreciate their patience and support."

Welcome back, y'all!