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Sweetie Pie’s closes after owner’s son convicted for nephew’s death

Robbie Montgomery’s soul-food restaurant Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust has closed the doors of its St. Louis location nearly a week after the singer’s son was found guilty of murder.

Montgomery announced Wednesday that Sweetie Pie’s restaurant will be “closed until further notice” beginning Sunday.

“We are approaching to make room for the more than $400 million expansion of Cochran Veterans Hospital,” read a statement posted to Montgomery’s Instagram. “We thank each and every one of you for your 25 years of support. It has been my pleasure to serve you, your friends and families.”

Sweetie Pie’s has grown in popularity as the theme of OWN reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s. According to OWN, the documentaries followed the “loud, loving, and often-singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at a time.” In addition to Montgomery, her son James “Tim” Norman and grandson Andre Montgomery also starred in the series.

Last Friday a federal jury charged Norman with conspiracy to commit contract killing, contract killing and conspiracy to commit mail and money order fraud. Prosecutors aren’t asking for the death penalty, but the former ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ star could face life in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for December 15th.

Federal prosecutors said Norman, 43, hired two people to kill 21-year-old Andre Montgomery on March 14, 2016, and then attempted to collect a $450,000 life insurance policy issued months earlier for his nephew had been completed.

Montgomery left St. Louis after at least $220,000 in cash, jewelry and other items were stolen in a June 2015 burglary at Robbie Montgomery’s home.

Norman told jurors he and his mother hired a private investigator to find and confront his nephew about the robbery, but that he had no intention of hurting him.

While Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust will soon be ending its run in St. Louis, the restaurant’s announcement ends on an upbeat note.

“We hope to have the opportunity to serve you in the future,” the statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-22/sweetie-pies-st-louis-store-closes-after-owners-son-convicted-murder-for-hire-nephew-death Sweetie Pie’s closes after owner’s son convicted for nephew’s death

Sarah Ridley

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