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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:45 am

Classic homemade pies and home-style food with a contemporary flare are on the menu at the new Marie’s Restaurant and Bakery in the old Marie Callendar’s location at Interstate 10 and Chandler Boulevard.

While the name and the concept may be similar, owner Brad Mausling says his restaurant is very different from the popular chain. Mausling has been making homemade pies since he was young. He has been perfecting his recipes for more than 30 years.

“I grew up on a ranch and my grandmother was big into baking,” he said. “She always had pies around and cakes and different goodies. When I was younger and not able to do big boy stuff I got to hang around grandma and learn to bake.”

Since learning from his grandmother, whom the new restaurant is named after, Mausling has gone on to work in several restaurants across the country, including Marie Callendar.

“I was here when this was built,” he said. “When it came available on the market I knew it’s the perfect set up for what we like to do.”

Mausling owns another restaurant in Chandler that also features his homemade pies, but Marie’s Restaurant will target an entirely different audience with its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

“We’ve brought on several new top-notch chefs from the area and we’re really excited about that,” said Tracy Ward, vice president of operations. “We’re going through and revamping the menu.”

The new chefs are also being allowed to create their own dishes to be featured as the restaurant’s daily specials. The restaurants executive chef, James Porch, has been in the industry for more than 20 years and has experience cooking in restaurants and high-end catering businesses in California and Hawaii.

The new restaurant is now open at 7455 W. Chandler Boulevard. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and expect to have a full bar open within a few months.

“You’re going to come in and feel welcome,” Mausling said. “You can show up jeans or a suit and feel just as comfortable. We are not a cookie-cutter corporate entity. We are locally owned and we are family. We want people who come in here on a regular basis to feel like they are part of our extended family. I think we are hitting on that.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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