Secret City Pies re-opened Monday, October 6, at its new location in Security Square. The new facility offers an expanded menu and dine-in seating.
Terry and Leisa Hope, who started the business two years ago in a take-out only location on the west end of town, are continuing their popular pies and desserts including pie-in-a cup, and bite-size pies, cookies, and their lunchtime favorites of chili dogs and a variety of sandwiches, a press release said.
“We will be adding pre-made salads, soups and stews, pinto beans and cornbread, and most of our sandwich meats will be cooked in house,” Leisa Hope said. Sandwich choices include, ham, turkey, roast beef, and bologna. Box lunches containing a sandwich, chips, dessert, and drink are also available.
“Secret City Pies can also cater lunches and brunches and can provide pie bites for all occasions, such as weddings, holiday parties, and more,” Hope added. The store would like a week’s notice on catering, but customers can call for shorter availability.
The new store is at 979 Oak Ridge Turnpike, across from the Methodist Medical Center entrance.
“One of the main reasons we expanded was because we had a lot of customers—some from locations outside of Oak Ridge like Clinton, Lake City, and Crossville—come in only to find they couldn’t sit down and enjoy their pie experience,” Hope said. “Now, everyone can come and enjoy their experience with us. Plus, we are more centrally located for our Oak Ridge customers.”
The press release said pie choices are almost endless but include cinnamon apple, mixed berry, bacon pecan, pecan, apple butter pumpkin, and other pumpkin variations, crème pies, including peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, lemon, lime, and more. The staff would like a 24 hour-notice for special pie orders, but “you can call to ask about availability if you need one more quickly,” the release said.
“We also offer pie by the slice, continue to have sweet breads and fruit breads, cookies, and Udi’s gluten-free bread,” Hope said. “Plus, we will be developing our own line of gluten-free pies.”
The pie shop offers a couple of unique features, according to Terry Hope. “Customers can sit at one of five truck tailgate tables and enjoy their food.”
The tailgates go with the “man-cave” decorating theme, which is a tribute to the couple’s racing background. Terry Hope has worked for several race car teams, including overseas in Qatar and Bahrain. His current team is Al-Anabi Racing, which is headquartered in Oak Ridge.
Secret City Pies will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (865) 228-9007 or send an email to [email protected] or “like” their page on Facebook.