Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food restaurant made famous on OWN series, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, announced the closure of its remaining Upper Crust location, on Tuesday.
A flow of hungry fans and customers showed up to dine at the famous eatery but were only greeted by a notice announcing the disappointing news.
“I am so sad. We have come around here for years. My kids were raised coming here,” customer Troi-Jeanna Edwards told local news outlet, ksdk.com.
The restaurant is closing its doors after serving the community for 25 years.
Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s debuted on OWN in October 2011 and ended in 2018. The show revolved around once-famous singer, Robbie Montgomery, and her family.
Louisiana resident, Helen Jordan, tried to visit the popular restaurant on Wednesday.
“I asked my husband and my grandson also, ‘What is St. Louis known for?’ and they both said Sweetie Pie’s, so I said ‘Let’s go to Sweetie Pie’s and eat lunch then,'” she said after reading the news and taking some photos.
“Here we are, and it’s closed. And now we found out it is closing permanently,” Jordan added.
Montgomery posted the news on Instagram, revealing that the Delmar Boulevard location would close for good at 6 pm on Sunday, September 25.
“We thank each and every one of you for your 25 years of support,” the post said. “It’s been a pleasure to serve you, your friends, and family. We hope to have an opportunity to serve you in the future.”
The announcement came only days after a jury found Montgomery’s son, Tim Norman, guilty in a murder-for-hire plot that took the life of her grandson and Norman’s nephew, Andre Montgomery.
Norman was convicted on September 16 of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection to the March 2016 murder, per a press statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri.
Norman and his nephew both appeared as cast members on Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.
Norman orchestrated the murder with the help of three co-defendants, Travell Anthony Hill, Terica Ellis, and Waiel “Wally” Rebhi Yaghnam, after taking out a $450k life insurance policy on Montgomery. Ellis, Waiel, and Yaghnam all pleaded guilty before trial. Hill pleaded guilty in June 2022 to one count of murder-for-hire and one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. Ellis, a Memphis-based exotic dancer, pleaded guilty in July 2022. Yaghnam pleaded guilty the same month, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
“On the day of Montgomery’s death, Hill and Norman met in St. Louis and Norman told Hill that a woman would be calling with Montgomery’s location,” the statement read. “After receiving a call from the woman, Terica Ellis, Hill fatally shot Montgomery with a .380-caliber handgun at 8:02 p.m. and then disposed of the gun and his phone. He was later paid $5,000.”
Norman will be sentenced on December 15.
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