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.