Robbie Montgomery’s soul food restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust, closed the doors of its St. Louis location, nearly a week after the singer’s son was found guilty on murder-for-hire charges.
Montgomery announced Wednesday that the Sweetie Pie’s restaurant “will be closed until further notice” beginning Sunday.
“We are closing to make room for the $400 million+ expansion of Cochran Veterans Hospital,” read a notice posted on Montgomery’s Instagram. “We thank each and every one of you for your 25 years of support. It has been a pleasure serving you, your friends and family.”
Sweetie Pie’s rose to popularity as the theme song for the OWN reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” According to OWN, the docuseries followed the “loud, loving, and often singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one heartwarming dish at a time.” In addition to Montgomery, his son James “Tim” Norman and his grandson Andre Montgomery starred in the series.
Last Friday, a federal jury indicted Norman on charges of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, but the former “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” star could be sentenced to life in prison. Sentencing is set for December. fifteen
Federal prosecutors said Norman, 43, hired two people to kill Andre Montgomery, 21, on March 14, 2016, and then tried to collect on a $450,000 life insurance policy taken out by his nephew months before.
Montgomery left St. Louis after at least $220,000 in cash, jewelry and other items were stolen in a June 2015 burglary at the home of Robbie Montgomery.
Norman told the jury that 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 end its run in St. Louis, the restaurant’s ad ends on an upbeat note.
“We look forward to the opportunity to serve you in the future,” the notice read.
Associated Press contributed to this report.