Media mogul Oprah Winfrey last July made an equity investment in True Food Kitchen, which Sam Fox created in 2008.
Winfrey, who has investments in television, movies and publishing, was first introduced to the brand by fitness expert Bob Greene, a business associate, said Christine Barone, CEO of True Food Kitchen, which now has about 30 locations.
Fox founded True Food Kitchen with wellness author Dr. Andrew Weil. It was named a Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept in 2011.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. in 2009 provided a $10 million credit facility to fund the brand’s growth and in February 2012 agreed to acquire a majority interest in the then-four-unit concept.
In July 2012, P.F. Chang’s completed its $1.1 billion sale, including the stake in True Food Kitchen brand, to New York-based Centerbridge Partners L.P., which maintains its ownership in the health-oriented brand.
The most recent True Food units are about 6,000 square feet with seating for about 200, including patios.