With New Oprah Investment, True Food Kitchen Plans More Locations In Texas

By Sarah Blaskovich
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) True Food Kitchen is a restaurant that says it’s focused on “better living,” and its menus mark items that are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.

The Dallas Morning News

Oprah Winfrey is lending her influence — and her money — to True Food Kitchen. The restaurant group announced that Winfrey is now a board member and minority investor in True Food Kitchen.

The details of Winfrey’s financial investment were not disclosed.

The addition of one of the world’s most influential female entrepreneurs to the team of Phoenix-based True Food Kitchen is part of a series of changes focused on expansion.

CEO Christine Barone, hired in 2016 and formerly a senior vice president at Starbucks, says the company plans to double the number of True Food Kitchens in three years — from 23 to 40-some stores by the end of 2021.

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant that says it’s focused on “better living,” and its menus mark items that are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. The restaurant was co-founded by holistic health guru Dr. Andrew Weil and centered around what he calls his Anti-Inflammatory Diet, which is a pyramid of how people should eat to “avoid and counteract chronic inflammation,” according to his website.

When the first True Food Kitchen opened in the Dallas area, at the tony Preston Road and Northwest Highway area in 2013, it was nicely positioned during a time when healthful eating was getting increasingly popular in Dallas. (Our restaurant critic said in 2014 in her two-star review: “Just 2 1/2 months after it opened, True Food Kitchen is so popular you’d think the chef was giving away free kale.”) A second True Food Kitchen opened in D-FW, at Legacy West in Plano in 2017.

Barone says the three-year expansion plan will include more restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, though the focus will be on the East Coast, a company statement says.

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