Simon Hubig was born in Spain’s Basque Country and immigrated to the United States after serving in World War I. He founded the Simon Hubig Pie Company in Fort Worth, Texas in 1922, capitalizing on baking skills he learned at his mother’s bakery. In subsequent years, the company expanded to nine locations throughout the Southeastern United States and opened its New Orleans location in 1922. During the Great Depression, all of the locations were forced to close except the New Orleans bakery, which remained profitable. Throughout the life of the company, the New Orleans bakery stayed in the same Dauphine Street location in the Faubourg Marigny it was founded in. (Source)
On July 27, 2012, a fire broke out at the bakery. Flames were seen coming from the front of the building at about 4:30 a.m. The fire grew to five alarms, engulfing the factory. A little more than an hour after the first firefighters arrived, the facade of the building crumbled. No one was hurt, but the facility was a total loss
Multiple re-starts and family dissent stopped any chance of re-building, until Thurday July 19th, when the 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. 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.
Hubig’s Pies will be distributed in the same markets as before, ranging from the Louisiana-Texas border to Mobile, Alabama.