01:46 PM CDT on Saturday, March 17, 2007
Stacey Plaisance / Associated Press
For 85 years, New Orleans residents didn't have to look far for a fruit-filled, fried Hubig's pie.
The hand-sized pastry, wrapped in white paper emblazoned with the sketch of a plump man in a white apron and tall baker's hat, could be found at the counter of almost any grocery store or gas station -- even at the local hardware store and jail.
Hurricane Katrina changed that, when it brought the Simon Hubig Pie Co. to a halt and washed away its customer base. But the resilient culinary touchstone is slowly recovering and changing its business model along the way.
For the first time, Hubig's is making Internet sales to meet demand from displaced residents. Third-generation co-owner Andrew Ramsey said phone calls and e-mails for pies have come in steadily, from just about every state, since Katrina.
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