Pieminister has launched a new café and dining concept at a site where the business started 10 years ago, in Stokes Croft, Bristol.
The pie business, founded by Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg, has invested £200,000 in the new bistro-style bar and all-day café shop, which includes a bar stocking local craft beers and ciders.
The outlet will also be the first to serve Pieminister’s mash-topped pies, which will be served in enamel tins and come in three different varieties: fish pie, cottage pie and pulled pork pie.
Pieminister said the site extends back into its old pie kitchens, which has doubled the size of the dining space, and will operate from 10am until 11pm to cater for a number of eating occasions, including breakfast and afternoon tea.
Simon said: “Being able to buy our North Bristol pie kitchens in 2012 was a landmark moment for us. It meant we could move forwards and focus on reinvesting in Bristol. Making Pieminister’s birthplace our permanent home feels fantastic and we’re excited to be back in the heart of Stokes Croft.”
As part of the financial investment, a new office space has been developed above the café and shop, which will house the company’s marketing, events and sales teams. In addition, 13 new members of staff were hired for the new café, adding to Pieminister’s current workforce at the Stokes Croft site, where more than 40 employees currently work.
Last September, the firm acquired its four-acre manufacturing site in Bristol, thanks to a seven-figure funding package from HSBC.
This February, Pieminister revealed a 28% increase in sales to £8.3m in the year to 31 March 2012, as part of its latest financial reports filed at Companies House last month.