4:45 am Sitting in the dark with a huge, steaming, heavenly, mug of coffee, the glow of a new day at the windows, I look down the counter of the cafe waking up like Ive done so many times before. But this is different, Ive been away for a year. Last year I leased the cafe to an eager couple. My vary last day in the here was a filming of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” for my New Mexican Apple Pie. I signed the lease after the shoot and went to Truth or Consequences NM for what I thought was a well deserved rest after ten years of running the cafe. I was a single dad for 5 years and now was witnessing my son go off to college, after graduating with honors.
I was free, I thought! I purchased a tiny home in Tor C and began catching up non sleep and rehabbing the 450 sq ft shotgun shack form the 30′s. T or C has the most incredible hot mineral springs. 100- 110 degrees F, so buoyant with minerals I fell asleep floating in one. I went to the tubs often and began what I had no idea was an inner and outer transformation of my life. I spent the year rebuilding the house and my life, gleaning an understanding of myself and what was important to me.
After about six months I missed the cafe and the people so bad, I had thought I had made the worst mistake of my life leaving the Daily Pie. It had become a defining figure of my life. I had created some of the best relationships there and enjoyed meeting people every day.
Last fall the rumblings of the posibility of the cafe coming back into my hands had begun.
On March 29th 2012 I was handed the keys back to my place, my life and a whole new look at the cafe. Less than one week later after some help cleaning and painting from some of the greatest friends and family a guy could have, we opened as the Good Pie Cafe. A new beginning in the same ol’ place. How lucky can a man get.
April 6th 2012 was REALLY the first day of the rest of my life.
My friends came out with an amazing outpouring of love and support. We stayed open from 8 am to 8 pm that night and had our first Friday Night Dinner. Over the weekend people would even just stop in to say welcome back on their way up the road.
I am so happy to back here this morning having that quiet coffee and waiting for it to wake me up enough to start making pie and preparing to live out another day of my blessed life.
I love cooking for people and seeing their faces when they see the pie I make and treat as an art form.
Its very nice to belong somewhere in this world and I belong here in Pie Town cooking and enjoying everyday.
There are only a few things missing to make it perfection One is The vacuum Pop Mckee has left behind him here and the others Im working hard on on everyday.