Drive By Pie opens in Granby
September 9, 2009
The woman who gave Gov. Bill Ritter a Killer Apple Pie when he came to Grand County this summer is about to open her Drive By Pie business in Granby.
At a recent town hall meeting, Sherry Kent of Showboat Catering shared with the governor her issues with the state health department and how a lack of review from department boards had been delaying her from opening her new business.
A staff member from Gov. Ritteras office did follow up on her appeal to the governor, Kent said, but ultimately, the governor was not responsible for progress with the health department.
After two years of construction paid for aout-of-pocketa and five months of her perceived entanglement with state health administrators, Kent has successfully met requirements and plans to officially open her drive-through lunch and breakfast business on Monday.
Drive By Pie will be operated out of her own home, which has been adapted to accommodate the business. Several friends and acquaintances in the community have generously helped her along the way, she said, acknowledging that food is often a good trade-out.
Drive By Pie will offer ainexpensive blue-collar food on the fly,a Kent said, with all but one menu item being offered for $5 or less.
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Service will be drive-through only on the alleyway behind Liberty Savings Bank, accessed off of First Street.
aI want to be the queen of dashboard dining in Granby,a Kent said.
Kentas now famous Killer Apple Pie is on the menu for $20 a pie. aThat Killer Apple Pie paid for chef school from a gas station in Granby,a Kent said, referring to the bakery she operated out of the former Mega Matt. Kent attended school at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore. She was also a longtime pastry chef at the private Arlberg Club at Mary Jane mountain. Kent is continuing her Showboat Catering business alongside her new breakfast and lunch venture.
Besides apple pie, the Drive By menu contains meals such as veggie and breakfast burritos, blueberry muffins, ham and turkey sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies. All food is homemade daily at the Showboat kitchen at the Frontier Motel in Granby, Kent said.
aI think homemade-good food is here to stay,a she said. aIt does not fall in or out of fashion.a
Her business model includes employing disabled individuals and at-risk youth.
aI feel like Iam creating valuable employees from a demographic that is not being tapped,a she said.
Since the businessas first breakfast service starts at 6 a.m. on Monday, Kent plans to celebrate her long-awaited opening by running down the street with sparklers at 5:55 a.m. sharp.
aItas been such a struggle; I need to have one-woman parade,a she said.
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