Robbie Montgomery worked hard her whole life to build a legacy for her family. The former Ikette toured the world before settling back in her hometown of St. Louis, MO. There, she grew her family and build her business. Sadly, it would also be the place where she’s seemingly lost it all. Following the loss of her nephew and the incarceration of her son, it appears Robbie has had to shut down yet another location of her famed Sweetie Pies Restaurant.
Montgomery’s restaurant was a blessing to her and her family. She grew her business after having to stop music due to a collapsed lung that made it impossible for her to sing. While she initially worked as a dialysis technician, Robbie quickly realized she could turn her mother’s soul food recipes into a business. The first Sweetie Pies was opened in Dellwood, MO in 1996. At the time, Robbie got a lot of praise for hiring men right out of prison to work her shops. She already had a soft side for those struggling in the streets after losing her eldest son Andre Montgomery Sr to gang violence in 1995. Sadly it would not be the only family tragedy to hit Robbie.
In 2016 her grandson Andre Montgomery Jr would also pass away in a plot led by her other son Tim Norman. Norman was already getting in trouble left and right and was under investigation by his mother after believing he was stealing from the restaurants she allowed him to run. This year, Tim was sentenced to life in prison as a result. His mother has taken it hard, even pleading with the courts to give him a lesser sentence so that she is not completely alone in her final years.
Unfortunately, that does not seem possible for Tim. Ms. Robbie is now faced with the closure of several of her locations following Tim’s incarceration. Her Upper Crust established announced its closure in late 2022. It was revealed that the city was moving the business out of the way to make space for a massive hospital project in the area. Their final day was September 25th, 2022.
Robbie released a video to her IG showing the location’s last day of business. “Thank you all so much for the many years of support❤️,” she said in one post. “The closure of the cafeteria-style restaurant and banquet hall at 3643 Delmar Boulevard wrapped a made-for-TV chapter and a 25-year run for one of St. Louis,” she said in a second post.
Well now, mere weeks after Tim Norman was sentenced, Robbie’s team has announced yet another one of her locations closing. The Jackson, MI branch she opened four years ago closed its doors that week. According to local news, “Owner Robbie Montgomery said she closed the doors to her business last week due to unforeseen circumstances.”
It is unclear how Tim’s incarceration has impacted business and if Robbie plans to close any other locations. She has not posted about her son since his sentencing.