Sweetie Pie's opening of Memphis branch reportedly in jeopardy

Sweetie Pie's opening of Memphis branch reportedly in jeopardy

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A plan by Sweetie Pie’s restaurant to open a location on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., appears to be on hold.

Robert Spence, a lawyer who represents Sweetie Pie’s on Beale LLC, blames a dispute between the St. Louis-based restaurant and the landlord of the property.

“The decision to come to Memphis and open a restaurant is on a respirator,” Spence told The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis.

Sweetie Pie’s announced the expansion in March. A sign for the restaurant was installed in June.

On Wednesday, Central Foods, which subleased the property at 349 Beale Street, filed a complaint in Shelby County Chancery Court, alleging that the restaurant had breached its lease. Furniture for the restaurant was removed from the property this week.

Restaurant founder and owner Robbie Montgomery and her family star in a reality television show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Their decision to open on the historic street in Memphis instead of expanding in Houston was a story line on the program.

Beale Street, a tourist destination near downtown Memphis, features blues clubs and restaurants. It played an integral role in the development of black culture and history.

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