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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - Soul food restaurant Sweetie Pie’s has the recipe for success on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Now they're being honored for their work on screen.

Robbie Montgomery and her employees at 'Sweetie Pies' know how to make a good meal, and a good reality show.

"Just to be recognized by them was truly an honor," says Robbie Montgomery the owner of Sweetie Pies.  'It also means that people can relate to my family and our struggles and a business.  They can relate to this, some people say I remind them of their Grandmother.'

   This matriarch from the Midwest is being recognized by the N.A.A.C.P.
   Her show 'Welcome to Sweetie Pies' on the Oprah Winfrey Network won an Image award for best reality program.

   'It was just a wonderful,' says Linda Montgomery.  'To think I didn't want to go!  I'm like, 'I don't want to go and then I got there and I was like, 'Shoot I don't know if I'm going back.''

   Some of the crew made the trip to California for the 44th annual award show, where it beat out popular programs like Dancing with the Stars and the X Factor.

   'Our show is loved but I didn't think it was loved that much,' says Charles Crenchaw a bartender at the restaurant.  'I didn't think it was bigger than the X-Factor.'

   The ratings success is causing new customers to stop in for a bite.

   'You get to meet new people that you don't know at all, but then when they see you they know your name,' says Ellis Bishop.  'They know you.'   

   'It's family, we stay together, we pray together, we almost live together,' says Linda Montgomery.  'Cause we all live ten minutes away from each other.'

   You could say this is the icing on the cake for Sweetie Pies the reality show and the restaurant.

   'This was something I thought of,' says Robbie Montgomery.  'My Mom taught me how to cook and it was a survival skill and I just wanted to be able to pay the rent and not have t6o worry about the lights being cut off.  And this was a job for me.'

   And it's turned into a job well done.