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True Food Kitchen to expand — with Oprah’s help

True Food Kitchen to expand — with Oprah’s help

True Food Kitchen announced Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey, the iconic television personality long tied to Chicago, is making “a significant equity investment” in the health-driven restaurant chain.

With 23 U.S. locations in 10 states, including a River North restaurant that opened in 2016, the Phoenix-based chain plans to use Winfrey’s investment to grow even more. The company did not disclose the size of Winfrey’s investment.

“We have doubled in the last two years; the plan is to double again by the end of 2021,” said True Food Kitchen CEO Christine Barone, a former Starbucks executive who’s been with the company for two years. “We also want to go deeper into our...

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