Deep Ellum is arguably the trendiest food district in Dallas right now and between numerous bars and restaurants, it's easy to stuff yourself on a night out. But come this fall you'll want to save room for dessert.

The beloved Emporium Pies shop is expanding to Deep Ellum, setting up shop at 2708 Main St., next door to Pecan Lodge barbecue joint. This will be its third location after Dallas' Bishop Arts District and downtown McKinney.

"We chose Deep Ellum because Emporium always chooses to open in walkable neighborhoods," says Megan Wilkes, co-owner of the brand. 

"We like places where people can hop around, go have dinner and drinks somewhere and then come have some pie."

Emporium Pies' Drunken Nut, a bourbon-pecan pie with shortbread crust.

Emporium Pies' Drunken Nut, a bourbon-pecan pie with shortbread crust.

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The new space, which is larger than Emporium's other shops, will also help alleviate some of the traffic at the Bishop Arts store and free up time so Wilkes and her partner Mary Sparks can work on new, innovative recipes, she says.

The Deep Ellum satellite will have an in-store dining area as well as patio seating, and serve whole pies or slices to-go. Wilkes promises Emporium's classics, like the Drunken Nut, a bourbon-pecan pie with shortbread crust, alongside a rotating seasonal menu. 

Emporium Pies began as a pop-up and opened its flagship Bishop Arts shop in 2012. About a year later, the company expanded to McKinney. Wilkes anticipates the new store will open by the fall before the holiday season, but if you can't wait that long, head to Deep Ellum today, March 18, where Wilkes is slinging slices pop-up-style until 5 p.m. Talk about full circle.

The pop-up offerings, which are not currently available at Emporium locations, include:

  • Cherry Bomb, a classic cherry pie;
  • Ebony and Ivory, a buttermilk pie with Nutella swirl;
  • And Trifecta, the store's bourbon-pecan pie with chocolate.

To celebrate the news, Emporium Pies is also selling a daily special known as the barbecue hand pie, a savory meat pie based on Pecan Lodge's Pitmaster sandwich, which features brisket, pulled pork and sausage. That slice of heaven is available at the Bishop Arts and McKinney locations today only.

h/t Eater Dallas

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