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Ten years in the making, this pie shop is up and baking

Kira O’Donnell Babach said she’s waited 10 years for the opening of The Real Pie Company at a new spot. The store’s soft opening is Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2425 24th St. in Sacramento. She is pictured slipping a tray of fresh yellow pluot and bing cherry pies into the oven on July 18. 2007 at business’ former Sacramento location.
Kira O’Donnell Babach said she’s waited 10 years for the opening of The Real Pie Company at a new spot. The store’s soft opening is Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2425 24th St. in Sacramento. She is pictured slipping a tray of fresh yellow pluot and bing cherry pies into the oven on July 18. 2007 at business’ former Sacramento location. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

At long last, the pie is ready.

Real Pie Company is having its soft opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2425 24th St., Suite A, in Sacramento. The business will have its formal grand opening on Friday.

In a Facebook post, owner Kira O’Donnell Babich says she “has been waiting 10 years” to announce the reopening of her pie-making enterprise. She once operated a critically well-received but short-lived pie shop at 12th and F streets. It closed in 2008.

In 2016, Babich said she planned to open a new shop at 16th and G streets, but she ultimately settled on the 24th Street site just off Broadway. A months-long renovation/upgrading effort is now complete.

In her Facebook post, Babich noted: “Sunday is a very big day for our staff, who are only just now beginning their training in the kitchen and in the front of the house. If you do decide to visit on Sunday, please know that our wonderful staff members are very new to their positions and we all will be practicing and learning as we go … I look forward to seeing many of you in the months to come. We truly appreciate your support and encouragement over the past decade.”

In addition to a wide range of dessert pies, the business also will offer three types of pot pies (chicken, roasted vegetable and chili), savory hand pies, quiche (ham and vegetable) and savory tarts.

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Open & Shuttered, a rundown of recently opened and closed businesses in the Sacramento area, will appear periodically in The Bee's Sunday Business section.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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