Sweetie Pie's (4270 Manchester Avenue; 314-371-0304) was a neighborhood institution even before it got a reality show, Welcome to Sweetie Pie's, in 2011. Although a Ferguson location was eventually shuttered, the restaurant still has an interest in the community. In an upcoming episode, owner Robbie Montgomery deals with her son and business partner, Tim Norman, who protested in Ferguson last August.
"For my generation, this is the first time we've experienced anything like this," Norman says. "I know I've seen things on television before, how it went during the civil-rights movements and the LA riots. It's still going on, it's not over with." The episode was filmed in November, before the widespread protests and vandalism sparked by the grand-jury decision.
"The thing that scares me about Tim being out on the protests is that Tim has a bad temper, and I know the least little thing can set him off, and I don't want to lose my son. I've been around through Emmett Till, Martin Luther King -- everybody they done lynch or killed," Montgomery says. "I've been around through all that. I understand. Don't tell me I don't understand. Hell, you ain't have to go in the back door nowhere. You ain't sit your ass in the back of no bus. You didn't drink off no fountain that said 'black/white only.'"
Norman asks his mother how the violence is going to stop if he doesn't get out there and make a difference. She says it won't.
"It don't stop," Montgomery says. "And you out there ain't going to stop it. Something that's going to get you locked up. We're just waiting and praying that things turn out well."
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on OWN. Here's the full video:
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