HACKENSACK, NJ – New Jersey’s first True Food Kitchen will open next year at the Shops at Riverside, mall owners announced Tuesday.
The casual full-service restaurant chain, which was founded by integrative medicine doctor Andrew Weil in 2008, focuses on serving healthy, sustainable and organic food with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
There are currently about 30 True Food Kitchen locations across the country, with the most restaurants in California and Texas.
Last year, Oprah Winfrey announced she’d made a “significant equity investment” in the chain to help it expand further, particularly on the East Coast.
“We’re a brand that is as passionate about our food as we are the local community, so we look forward to sharing our mission to ‘eat better, feel better and celebrate a passion for better living’ with residents and visitors of Hackensack,” said Shannon Keller, chief marketing officer of True Food Kitchen.
“The Shops at Riverside is thrilled to welcome True Food Kitchen,” said Melissa Koronakis, Director of Marketing at The Shops at Riverside. “We are pleased to add another delicious restaurant to our dining offering.”
The restaurant is slated to open its doors in next spring, along with the newly announced LT Bar & Grill.
The mall is currently undergoing the final phase of its multi-million dollar luxury makeover, which, Simon Property Group said should be complete by the holiday season.
During the first and second phases of the mall’s multi-year renovation, renovation, an AMC Dine-In Theatre was added, and The Cheesecake Factory, as well as Barnes & Noble, were relocated and redesigned.
Riverside’s redevelopment coincides with efforts taking place in downtown Hackensack to transform the central business district into a destination to work, shop and live.
According to Simon, additional dining and shopping options are still to come, along with a concierge lounge and enhanced valet parking.