Sunday, January 29, 2012

OWN: Sweetie Pies

When Robbie Montgomery, a 1960's backup singer and former "Ikette" of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, suffered a collapsed lung and had to stop singing, she decided to pour her talents into another creative venture -- a soul food restaurant called Sweetie Pie's. At her family-oriented eatery, which she runs with her son, Tim, both hilarity and drama are offered in equal measure.

It turns out, at the age of seventy, Miss Robbie's life in the limelight is not over, as she finds herself still entertaining the masses every day at Sweetie Pie's! You can always find her on the floor of the restaurant, during the busy lunch rush, cutting up and chatting with the slew of customers who come from all over the world to get a taste of her famous soul food. Her headstrong son, Tim, is her business partner, and together they have two Sweetie Pie's locations running successfully. For Miss Robbie, however, that is not enough, and now she is working to build her legacy and plans to open a new, even bigger Sweetie Pie's in downtown St. Louis, where as a little girl, she was not allowed during segregation. She's come a long way, and this willful woman doesn’t plan on letting anything stand in the way of her dreams to own a building with a huge restaurant and banquet facility.

While Miss Robbie juggles her business and the day-to-day kitchen chaos at Sweetie Pie's, she is also the glue that holds her family together. She is constantly lighting fires under her lazy nephew, Charles, and trying to train him to be a manager at the restaurant, so she can know she has enough family to run it after she's gone. Her sisters help her run the original Sweetie Pie's location, and are constantly pawning Charles off on Miss Robbie, because he does no work to help them out. Her son Tim, is a hard worker, but just as stubborn as she is, and this mother-son duo are constantly bickering back and forth. Yet, despite their non-stop squabbling, they have fierce loyalty to one another. As Tim so aptly points out, he is the Clyde to her Bonnie.

As we follow the antics of this spirited family, we witness not only Miss Robbie's business growing, but her family growing as well. Tim's girlfriend, Jenae is pregnant, and this means Miss Robbie is expecting a grandson! Tim is planning to propose and become a family man, despite his history of being a player, and against the wishes of his close friends. Through laughter and tears, singing and quarreling, you will fall in love with the Montgomery family again and again, as you watch Miss Robbie's empire grow. One thing's for will find yourself craving seconds of some good ol' home cooked, Sweetie Pie's soul food.

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