There’s trouble with the family for the hit show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” as a lawsuit was announced involving the two main stars. Recent court filings by founder and owner Robbie Montgomery, affectionately known as “Miss Robbie,” note that she accuses her son Tim Norman for trademark infringement after he opened an eatery called TJ’s Sweetie Pie’s NOHO.
Tim is well known as being a keen entrepreneur and always looking for a chance to expand the brand and franchise of his mother’s restaurant, but this time he may have gone too far. He is also being accused of opening three other restaurants in Berkeley and Flourissant, Missouri, further violating the branding and trademark of Sweetie Pie’s. According to court documents, “The fact Defendant Norman is identified as a member of Miss Robbie’s family on the Sweetie Pie’s Show, along with his position on the Show, further increases the potential of causing confusion in the market place.”
Additionally, some customers have left negative reviews about the Los Angeles restaurant that state, “Huge fan of the show … love Miss Robbie and the entire family…. The LA location is in dire need of Ms. Robbie to get the food on track. I do not recommend spending your time or money on this place. Maybe we all need to go Ms. Robbie’s in St. Louis.”
Miss Robbie is also accusing her son of stealing money from her Montgomery location and is demanding the cash back plus unspecified damages. Since its premiere, the family run restaurant has been a fan favorite on the OWN network. Miss Robbie was a former member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue and opened her first restaurant in Dellwood, Missouri in 1996. Fans of the show have seen the ups and downs of having relatives involved as well as personal drama and tragedy unfold on the show.