Dye Job

Mr. Dye’s Pies took shape when its creator needed to start a new career. So far, it’s been sweeter than he expected.

He’s known formally as Mr. Dye, but he’s also just Johnathan. When the economy took a dive and he was out of work, Dye turned to pie. Baking – and cooking – is what the Milwaukee native has been doing since he started shadowing his grandmother in the kitchen as a child, but it wasn’t a job option until it had to be. That was in 2012. The first customers of Mr. Dye’s Pies were friends.

The first pies were sweet potato.

“I had a list of friends who asked me to make pie for them,” Dye says. “Every six months, I had to get them off the list.” Starting a business was a good way to do that, with the twist that those people begging him for a pie would become paying customers.

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‘Something’s Brewing’ appears in the September 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
The September 2015 issue is on newsstands August 31.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.