Sweetie Pie's at the Mangrove Closed; Original, Upper Crust Still Open [Updated 2x: Closure "Temporary"]

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Sarah Rusnak
A scene from Sweetie Pie's at the Mangrove
This might serve as a spoiler for fans of Welcome to Sweetie Pie's, the reality show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network. For Gut Check, it's news: Sweetie Pie's at the Mangrove (4270 Manchester Avenue; 314-371-0304) in the Grove district of the city's Forest Park Southeast neighborhood has closed.

Update: (Tuesday, September 18, 2:30 p.m.) Given how quickly this story is blowing up, we're still reporting it. We went back to the Upper Crust and spoke with the manager to try to confirm any more details about the closure. She confirmed that Sweetie Pie's Mangrove was closed but characterized it as "temporary." As for the duration of or reason for the closure, she couldn't say.

"We just got the memo here," she told us.

Again: More as we learn it.

Update #2: (Tuesday, September 18, 2:55 p.m.) Just heard from Tim Norman (son of Robbie Montgomery) who tells me that he's on vacation and will reopen when he returns within a couple of weeks. He says the two-week vacation is an annual rite for Sweetie Pie's.

If it is an annual rite, it isn't a very well advertised one. The only signage at the restaurant indicates that the restaurant will be closed on Sunday, September 9 -- and no other days. (The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday.) There is no announcement of a vacation on Sweetie Pie's Facebook page, nor on Norman's own Twitter feed. Gut Check saw at least one group of diners arrive for lunch around noon today only to leave, confused.

You know the drill by now: More as we learn it.

A tipster let us know about the closure over Robbie Montgomery's soul food restaurant over the weekend. Attempts to reach the restaurant led to a recorded message about the restaurant's hours, a busy signal, or unanswered rings.

However, the restaurant didn't open for lunch today, as scheduled, and when I stopped by the new Sweetie Pie's The Upper Crust (3643 Delmar Boulevard; 314-371-0304) during lunch service this afternoon, an employee confirmed the closure.

Again: the new Grand Center location and the original Sweetie Pie's (9841 West Florissant Avenue, Dellwood; 314-521-9915) remain open.

More as we learn it -- or as it airs on Welcome to Sweetie Pie's.

Location Info

Sweetie Pies At The Mangrove

4270 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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limplimb
limplimb

Tim was worried about employees who weren't worried about themselves. The employees made blacks look bad. MOST of the employees acted like children, bickering and tattle telling. What other job in the world is gonna put up with employees like that? I love "Pops". He's a real man. I just am in awe of how Ms. Robbie and Tim can't take w break from the restaurant because the employees are bunches of dumb asses and ass holes. They must don't watch the show. The show's not about the employees noways,so they need to get out of the way, and do their jobs. The only people who get away with doing nothing is Charles and Andre. The employees need to recognize they are not family. They do not get special favors. Do they not realize they can be replaced and are in a daily competition for their jobs? People apply for their jobs on a daily basis. I just think it's a shame how they open up the restaurant on a prayer, and then the rest of the show is pure drama and aggravation towards management by employees. I say they nerd to make "Pops" a manager, so he can sit down, and get new crews at both places. Have the current crew train their replacements, and get rid of all of them.Tim an Jansen are about to break up because he can leave the restaurant because of juvenile minded, stupid award employees...and Ms. Robbie can't rest or relax her voice for having to yell at the assholes. What a shame. FIRE THEM ALL!

1strawberry8
1strawberry8

Sweetie Pies Closed For Two weeks or however long, your customers has a right to know, that is the Professional way to handle business, once again this falls back on managment, and from the looks of the show Tim desperately needs a vacation, not to be harsh but he sure can"t muti-task! thats for sure smh..........

WWoodCreations
WWoodCreations

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dbp4
dbp4

They always close for a summer getaway. You should find better tipsters. 

Stllegend
Stllegend

@ericasmith @nicksargent @BLACK_PAGES_STL thanks for the heads up! I was thinking of stopping by there tomorrow lol

AmuseDouche11
AmuseDouche11

@stlmag_relish @ianfroeb Dave Bailey to open Grove spot?

TASTESTL
TASTESTL

@WWoodCreations You are welcome! Maybe next year you should get a booth at the event to sell them?

stlmag_relish
stlmag_relish

@AmuseDouche11 @ianfroeb Not on the cards. (re: Dave Bailey going to the Grove)

AmuseDouche11
AmuseDouche11

@stlmag_relish maybe an @cookingkid vehicle? Guys gotta have dreams. The Grove needs something.

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