In 1996, Mike and Denise Busley founded The Grand Traverse Pie Company after feeling unfulfilled in their seemingly successful careers in San Diego. The duo had not ever made a pie, but the Busleys found a generous pie maker in San Diego who taught them the ropes and then they made their way to Northern Michigan to get started.
Now, 16 years later, the Busleys have locations all over the state, featuring Michigan-grown cherries among other produce in their pies. The menu includes many sweet pies but also savory pies, fresh sandwiches, and soups. Locals rave about The Grand Traverse Pie Companys food; even celebrity chef and part-time Michigan resident Mario Batali is a fan.
"All winter I look forward to cherry pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company," said Batali during a recent visit to Northern Michigan.