Surreal Estate

Changes at Bragg's Pie Factory Include Smaller Gallery Spaces and (Finally) Pie

At long last, there's pie again at Bragg's Pie Factory.

A new vegan cafe, Bragg's Factory Diner, has opened in the very spot out of which the Bragg family originally sold cakes and pies in the '40s and '50s.

See also: - Lunch Under $10 at Bragg's Factory Diner

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 15,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete Pie Factory was erected in 1947 by the Bragg family. They ran a bakery out of the tiny, pie-wedge-shaped front store at 1301 Grand Avenue; in the cavernous space behind, the family baked pies and cakes and sold them to restaurants, groceries, and other bakeries.

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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