It's been a 15-year wait for the square-shaped pastry parcels, but Georgie Pie has announced it is coming to Manawatu next month.
McDonald's is bringing Georgie Pie's mince steak and cheese pie out of retirement for two Palmerston North restaurants, one in Feilding and another in Bulls.
McDonald's bought the pie chain from Progressive Enterprises in 1996 and the last stores were closed late in 1998.
The Manawatu restaurants are a few of the 17 taking part in the pilot phase with plans for a national rollout in the pipeline depending how it goes.
The pies, which once sold for $1, will cost $4.50, and will be made using the same recipe as before, but without MSG.
McDonald's New Zealand managing director Patrick Wilson said the response from the New Zealand public so far has been fantastic. Since the pie was launched, McDonald's flagship restaurant in Greenlane has had to double the amount of ovens to cope with demand.
''The sales to date have been far greater than we projected which tells us Kiwis are still passionate about Georgie Pie and all the work we did to stay true to the original recipe was worth it.''
Last year, a Whakatane man with a campaign to revive Georgie Pie in New Zealand came to Palmerston North.
Grant Duffield, 29, travelled New Zealand with a Georgie Pie sign and a petition trying to gain support.
The pies will be sold from August 5 at the Princess and Rangitikei Street restaurants, the Feilding restaurant and the restaurant in Bulls.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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