Real Pie business is hot on 24th Street

The intersection of Broadway and 24th streets has gotten a lot busier since mid-April, when the Real Pie Company opened its doors to long lines and a sell-out business.

Kira O’Donnell Babich, who had closed her downtown pie shop 10 years ago to spend more time with her children, returned to the retail pie business with an official opening on April 13.

“We’ve been embraced so warmly by Curtis Park, Land Park and the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) folks across the street,” she said.

Of the 25 mostly part-time employees at the pie shop, Babich says a good number live in Curtis Park and bike or walk to work.

All sweet and savory items are made from scratch, using locally sourced ingredients and an estimated 200 pounds of butter per week. The potpies are among the first items to sell out, Babich said. “We can’t make enough of them.”

While the Real Pie Company occupies 2425-A 24th St., in the old R&D Data Corp. building, another longtime Sacramento business is moving into the “B” side, immediately behind the pie shop.

Troy Paski, founder of Hoppy Brewing Company, closed his restaurant and brewery at 6300 Folsom Blvd. at the end of February after 19 years of business there.

“We’re trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again,” Paski said, referring to a dispute with his previous landlord that resulted in the move. The 24th Street location will have a brewery and tasting room, but not a restaurant.

Paski announced recently that he will open a new brew pub and tap house called Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden this summer at 1022 Second St. in Old Sacramento.

The Real Pie Company at 2425A 24th St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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