WBEZ | thirdspace http://www.wbez.org/tags/thirdspace Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Thirdspace: Bang Bang Pie Shop http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/thirdspace-bang-bang-pie-shop-102399 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangplumpie.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Plum pie at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>As turmoil swirls across our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/economy/school%E2%80%99s-still-out-progress-talks-102395">city</a> and around the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-09-12/worldview-91212-102371">world</a>, I have to admit that I hesitated to share my current favorite thirdspace: <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/">Bang Bang Pie Shop</a>.</p><p>As you may know, a thirdspace (aka&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place">third place</a>)&nbsp;follows home (first place) and workplace (second place) as your main social environment and community anchor.</p><p>At Bang Bang, it&#39;s not just co-owner Megan Miller&#39;s pie &mdash; three she changes weekly, always including a seasonal fruit, chocolate and cream-based pie &mdash;&nbsp;that keeps me coming back for more. (You can vote for next week&#39;s pie, a good indicator of their community consideration.)</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangbiscuithamjam.jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Biscuit with butters, blueberry lavender and cherry jams, and Smoking Goose ham at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Nor is it just the biscuits, introduced by co-owner Michael Ciapciak, a young vet of the old&nbsp;<a href="http://www.startle.com/about/guide/">Mobil Travel Guide</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ushgnyc.com/dannymeyer/">Danny Meyer</a>&#39;s <a href="http://www.ushgnyc.com/">Union Square Hospitality Group</a>. The biscuits are served with or without <a href="http://www.smokinggoose.com/">Smoking Goose</a>&nbsp;ham, and (most importanly) access to the butter and housemade jam jars. On a recent day they held the already signature black-pepper honey butter, chive butter, cherry jam and blueberry lavender jam.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangicedcoffee.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Iced coffee with house roasted beans at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p>It&#39;s not even just the coffee (hot or iced, both help-yourself, with simple syrup in an upcycled Dom PĂ©rignon bottle) which seems to be the lifeblood of thirdspaces these days. Co-owner Dave Miller (Megan&#39;s husband) formerly owned <a href="http://www.ipsento.com/">Ipsento</a> and continues to roast his own beans for BB.</p><p>Nor is it even just the bacon, omnipresent these days, but here made with a candied glaze.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangcandiedbacon.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Candied bacon at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">No, with thirdspaces it&#39;s the people who make the biggest difference. At Bang Bang, it&#39;s the regulars who stop by every day: the elderly neighborhood woman who tried to sign the <a href="https://squareup.com/">Square</a>d iPad with an ink pen; the orange-vested Streets and Sans guy carefully cradling his slice to-go.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Maybe because Bang Bang started as a food truck, they connected to the community first. (They also overcame unforseen construction costs with an overwhelmingly successful <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bangbangcoffee/bang-bang-pie-shop">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;campaign to create a beautiful exposed brick and hand-restored wood space.) Their urban-idyllic side yard, shared with the brick apartment building above, planted hopefully with plum, apricot, peach and nectarine trees, was recently the scene of their inaugural Sideyard Supper.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This is my thirdspace. What&#39;s yours?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangchocococonut.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Chocococonut pie at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/thirdspace-bang-bang-pie-shop-102399