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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 its St. Louis location, nearly a week after the singer’s son was convicted of murder-for-hire.

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

“We are closing in to make room for the Cochran Veterans Hospital expansion, worth more than four hundred million dollars,” reads a notice posted on Montgomery’s Instagram. “We thank each and every one of you for your 25 years of support. It was a pleasure to serve you, your friends and your family.”

Sweetie Pie’s became popular as the subject of the OWN reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”. According to OWN, the docuseries followed the “loud, loving, and oft-singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at a time.” In addition to Montgomery, his son James “Tim” Norman and his grandson Andre Montgomery both starred on the show.

Last Friday, a federal jury charged Norman with conspiracy to commit murder for hire, murder for hire and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Prosecutors aren’t asking for the death penalty, but the former ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ star could face life in prison. Sentencing is set for December 15.

Federal prosecutors say Norman, 43, hired two people to kill Andre Montgomery, 21, on March 14, 2016, then tried to collect a $450,000 life insurance policy taken out on his nephew months earlier.

Montgomery left St. Louis after at least $220,000 in cash, jewelry and other items was 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 theft, but he had no intention of hurting him.

As Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust will soon end its run in St. Louis, the restaurant’s review ends on an optimistic note.

“We hope to have the opportunity to serve you in the future,” the notice reads.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.