The world-famous soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie’s in St. Louis, Missouri, featured on OWN, closed its doors for good after Tim Norman was found guilty of orchestrating his nephew’s murder. The already popular restaurant known for its southern cuisine reached new success because of its OWN reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pies, which aired over nine seasons. Its other locations in the area, including one in Texas, were previously closed.
The restauarant owner announces closer
On Sept. 25, Ms. Robbie Montgomery, the popular food joint’s owner, took to Instagram to thank the supporters and revealed the last location would be closing its doors for good.
“Thank you all so much for the many years of support❤️,” she captioned a post of a poster on the restaurant’s door’s confirming it was closing. The notice read that the spot would be closed until further notice, adding that it was making room for a new hospital being built. The restaurant had been in business for 25 years.
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Norman to serve a potential life sentence for his crime
Jurors found Norman guilty of orchestrating the murder of his 21-year-old nephew, Andre Montgomery. Investigators claim Norman did so to collect on life insurance policies he took out on his nephew that totaled $450k and listed him as the sole beneficiary. There’s also speculation that Norman also orchestrated a break-in of his mother’s home and blamed his nephew.
Norman is said to have hired two conspirators, one of which is a former exotic dancer named Terica Ellis, who police say lured Montgomery Jr. to the location where he was executed.
Ellis has pled guilty and will be sentenced next month
Per St. Louis Today, the evidence presented during the trial showed Norman paid $10,000 to Ellis to track his nephew’s location. He then used a friend to pay $5,000 to the shooter, Travell Anthony Hill, after Hill killed Montgomery. Hill has also pleaded guilty.