Chicago Love Stories: Bang Bang Pie

February 8, 2016

In honor of Valentine’s week, we interviewed 5 couples behind our favorite Chicago small businesses. Although you’ll find these shops very different from one another, we learned love truly is a driving force behind their success. Follow along as we feature¬†a different couple everyday leading up to Valentine’s Day.

To kick things off with a bang ūüėČ , first up is Michael and Susan of Logan Square’s Bang Bang Pie. Here’s 5 things you didn’t know about the owners of your favorite pie shop.

  1. They met while on vacation… with their moms.
    “We met over 18 years ago in Destin, Florida. My mother had taken me & three of my best friends there for vacation & Susan’s mother had done the same. We met & became fast friends, but it was a couple years later before we started dating.”
  2. Their kids love donuts more than pie.
    “Though my kids are self-proclaimed donut lovers, they do eat a fair share of pie & show no signs of slowing down!” Michael claims¬†he still loves pie as much as when they first opened.
  3. Michael opened Bang Bang after managing the famous Gramercy Tavern.
    “My background has always been in the hospitality industry but on more of a fine dining level. I was a manger at TRU downtown, manager in New York at Gramercy Tavern & then a Hotel & Restaurant critic for Forbes Travel Guide. While fine dining was nice, I really wanted to connect with guests more & open a daily spot for people to hang out & bring their family and friends.”
  4. They run the shop by day and their three toddlers run the home at night.
    “It is definitely not easy running a business & maintaining a balance (especially with three kids 5,3, & 1 at home) but we have an amazing team at the shop that helps support us & we most definitely could not do it without them — as well as Susan who bears the brunt of watching the kids on the weekend & when we have special events, etc. Susan was a big support & sounding board as we developed the business plan & is always there to listen to ideas/offer insight!”
  5. They’ll spend Valentine’s Day making pot pies and sipping wine.
    “Valentine’s Day is a pretty busy weekend at the shop so much of the weekend will be spent working, but we will most definitely get some down time & will likely spend it cooking at home & drinking wine!”

Michael’s Valentine to Susan:¬†“Susan, I am so fortunate to have you as my side kick and partner for this crazy ride. I love you! Michael”

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Send a bouquet like Susan’s to your Valentine.


Stay tuned for our other featured couples.

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