HOUSTON – Are you planning on baking for Thanksgiving? Why not pick up a pie, so you don’t have to cook? You can help a small business and be part of a Texas institution. Tara Steele, owner of Royers Pie Haven in Round Top, Texas, started baking at just eight years old and knows how a slice of pie can bring people together.
“It’s really all I know. It’s a common thread with all relationships,” said Steele. “Pies really bring people in the door. It builds relationships around pie.”
There’s about 17 different flavors at Royers Pie Haven and Round Top Cafe, and once you have one it’s hard to forget. The business has been a Texas institution for more than 30 years. Tara’s dad, Bud, known as “The Pie Man” took over the café with just two flavors of pie, buttermilk and apple.
“My dad just started experimenting using the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipes to make pies. Then he just had to make it work,” said Steele.
When the Spring Antique Show in Round Top was cancelled due to the pandemic, Steele wasn’t sure what that meant for her family business. But, like so many small businesses, they got creative.
“We’re standing here, and we’re like ‘What are we going to do?’ We have employees, and we can still get food, so we started creating meals,” said Steele. “This week we’re making over 500 casseroles. So, we’re doing that, and we’re able to create jobs. Pie Haven and the café, we have not had to close down. We’ve been able to keep going.”