It’s not often you can eat at a restaurant that doubles as the set of a television show.
And, while on taping days there may be some of the star struck and the curious, but the regulars obviously don’t care. They are there to eat!
One of the first things you’ll notice when you enter Sweetie Pies is the Notice of Filming that is prominently posted at the front door. Because, you see, this St. Louis restaurant is the location of one of the OWN network’s newest hits—a show called “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”
The hour-long series premiered in 2011, and has been renewed for another season.
“We are truly honored to be back with all-new episodes,” said Robbie Montgomery. “Last season was a roller-coaster ride, but we survived it together. This season, viewers can expect more of our family drama, ups and downs, and definitely a lot more loving soul food.”
As for that soul food, we checked it out for ourselves (see our article, “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s“).
It’s a pretty simple process. You order, cafeteria style. Once, that is, you make it through the busy restaurant filled with people and pop memorabilia. (Oh, yes, and a few random items, such as the knight in not-so-shining armor.)
The line through the restaurant grows and winds from the outside sidewalk, around the bar, and to the far end where the food is set up. TV lighting is set up around the bar, and people are overheard with comments such as, “This is where we got on TV, standing right here.”
Then you grab your drink of choice from a self-help cooler, and order your selections. Fried chicken is obviously popular—some of the biggest, meatiest wings you’ll ever see, best served with macaroni and cheese and green beans. But you can also choose pork steak, baked chicken, or daily specials such as roast beef or meatloaf or, yes, even neck bones or ox tails. Additional sides include sweet potatoes, corn, black eyed peas and okra.
We did say this was soul food, after all.
Servers help at the end of the line by carrying your cafeteria tray to your assigned table.
If you are in St. Louis, check it out. Just be prepared for cameras and the occasional drama to be served along with your chicken and mashed potatoes.
Who knows, you may find yourself on TV.