National Pi Day is coming up this Sunday, March 14 - yes, there is a National Pi Day, as in the endless number that was the beginning of our hatred for high school math - and, sadly, it marks the last day of business for Sweetie’s Pie Diner, the pie-centric eatery in Fairmount. In a farewell email to customers, owner Stephanie Thaw says the business “has grown nicely. Unfortunately, it has not grown quickly enough to be self-sustaining and we have reached a point where the financial resources have just run dry.” Click through to read the full email.
In honor of Pi Day, Thaw will be whipping up 14 flavors of pies; buy three slices and get one free. Sweetie’s will be open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6p.m. before it closes the doors for good. Here is Thaw’s gracious note to her customers:
Since opening in October we have been fortunate to have really great press, a core group of loyal customers, and a really great and committed staff. For a new business in these times, it has grown nicely. Unfortunately, it has not grown quickly enough to be self-sustaining and we have reached a point where the financial resources have just run dry.
As a small business, committed to a triple bottom line, I am proud of the way we have operated throughout these past few months, even if that meant a smaller profit margin. In keeping with our core values, we will end our run with a final Community Giving Day to benefit Wissahickon Charter School and we will seat people until 6:00 PM. A full 10% of our sales will benefit this great little gem of a school in Germantown and I am confident you will enjoy the artwork done by their students, which has livened up our walls for the past month.
If we are that restaurant that you have been meaning try, now is the time. Although Sunday is our last day, we will have a full menu, plenty of desserts, and lot’s of cheer, despite the weather forecast. We will also continue to take orders for pies - both sweet and savory - for at least the next month. Motley Fuel is available in a few locations and can be ordered directly from our site.
I have really enjoyed the many people I have met over the course of this venture and I want to thank all of you who made us a part of your routine. Small neighborhood businesses add flavor and character to a place, and they can only do this if the neighborhood supports them in kind. While our run is ending, I hope that you will seek out and patronize them. They are the fabric of your community and it is only as strong as you make it.
I hope to see you this weekend and thanks for your patronage.
Sweetie’s Pie Diner, 1822 Spring Garden; (215) 988-0230