oprah winfrey-backed restaurant coming to nashville this fall

downloadyou get a restaurant and you get restaurant and you get a restaurant! a phoenix-based restaurant chain, now financially backed by oprah winfrey, is opening a location in nashville this fall.

“i love bringing people together over a good meal,” winfrey said in a statement. “when i first dined at true food kitchen, i was so impressed with the team’s passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that i knew i wanted to be part of the company’s future.”  true food kitchen is a health-conscious brand with 23 locations in 10 states. with oprah’s financial muscle, they hope to aggressively double their numbers in the next three years. truefoodkitchen-yourway-vegan

one look at their website and you realize their entire philosophy is based on the foundation of food that makes you feel better, not worse. their menu focuses solely on anti-inflammatory meals and cocktails.

the self-made billionaire is no stranger to nashville. oprah spent her formative high school years in east nashville where her dad still owns a barbershop (he’s cut hair there for 52 years). she had a full scholarship to TSU and while still in school, became the youngest co-anchor at 19 (as well as the first black co-anchor) for nashville’s CBS affiliate.

true food kitchen opens in green hills in september. | 3994 hillsboro pike


oprah buys dad’s nashville barbershop at auction

oprah and her father, vernon

about a month ago, the nashville barbershop oprah’s dad has owned for nearly 50 years went into foreclosure.  80-year-old vernon winfrey had bought a new building in the cleveland park area for the classic barbershop last year but more recently, he and his wife had been unable to make the payments to the bank.  last week, oprah won the bid in the auction and purchased the building for a little over $475,000.

a statement released from oprah’s spokesperson,  nicole nichols, states: “oprah winfrey has purchased winberry place in east nashville, tennessee where her father runs a barber shop.  the property was in foreclosure.  vernon winfrey has been a fixture of the community for decades and will continue to manage the business on a day-to-day basis.”