“When we first started the cafe in 2012, I didn’t realize how popular my whoopie pies would be” said owner James Gallagher, 27. “But now, three years later, we have over 30 flavors of [whoopie pies], the official Maine state treat, and [we’re] getting ready to open our second location.”
The new location in Brewer will have the same retro feel as the Bangor location, but will allow for more seated guests, as well as offering a fireplace and a larger dining area.
In 2012, at age 24, Gallagher established the storefront at 621 Hammond St. in Bangor, originally with just four flavors of whoopie pies. After much experimentation, there are now over 30 flavors, ranging from Chocolate Cake with Almond Filling – a recipe handed down from Gallagher’s great grandmother – to Dark Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sea Salt Filling, Vanilla Cake with Lemon Filling and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Filling. “Our most popular is the Plain Jane, which is chocolate cake with vanilla filling,” said Gallagher. “People just love the original.”
In addition to whoopie pies, however, the cafe offers an array of huge sandwiches.
“You won’t find the same old sandwiches here,” said Gallagher. “The full sandwiches are about the size of a dinner plate … [My] favorite is the Blazin’ Britt, which is melted cheddar, buffalo chicken and jalapeños, grilled on the panini press.”
The Whoopie Pie Cafe was also very busy this past summer, hitting the road at many different fairs and festivals around the state, including the annual Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, the Bangor State Fair, the American Folk Festival and the Blue Hill Fair.
Gallagher is a Bangor native, who attended Bangor High School and United Technology Center’s Culinary Arts program.
“UTC’s program kept me interested in high school, and looking back at it, it taught me so much.” said Gallagher.
The Whoopie Pie Cafe is open now at 621 Hammond St. in Bangor, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and soon to be 347 Wilson St. in Brewer, with the same hours. For more information, like the Whoopie Pie Cafe on Facebook or call 947-6222.
By Emily Burnham
of the Weekly staff