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Katherine and Ryan Warnol purchased A Slice of Pie in Rolla in 2018. The well-known pie shop has been a Rolla institution since it fi rst opened its
doors in 1986. Ryan worked at the store as a college student, and since purchasing the shop, has moved it to a bigger location down the road.
by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop
W
hen you walk in the door the aroma almost
stops you in your tracks. The sweet
smell of an American Apple, Red
Velvet or Boston Cream pie is reminiscent
of pie shop co-owner Ryan Warnol's
childhood.
" My great-grandparents had the fi rst city
bakery in Dixon the year they were married, "
he says. " I remember seeing my great-grandma
have pies sitting out all over just like you see in
here now. I can still remember smelling those pies
whenever I was over. "
For more than 35 years, A Slice of Pie in Rolla has
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Rolla
been dishing up sweet and savory pies to hungry customers.
The store opened in 1986 under the ownership of Ron
and Mickey Hopson until Ryan and his wife, Katherine,
purchased it from them nearly four years ago. Today,
they dish out approximately 100 pies per day to sweettoothed
students, locals and passersby in their store
not far from Route 66.
Ryan started working for the Hopsons when he
was studying to become a teacher at Missouri
was studying to become a teacher at Missouri
S&T. He was able to see fi rsthand the TLC the
Hopsons put into their pies and customers.
" I really got into baking. I got to see how
they had their systems set up to make the
homemade pies effi ciently, but more importantly,
consistently, " Ryan says. " This place just
homemade pies effi ciently, but more impor

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