Award-winning restaurant, Soulgood, comes to TWU

Jan. 12, 2021 — DENTON — Whether you’ve been hoping for a healthier food option on the Denton campus or for Oakland Cafe to reopen, the wait is finally over! Pioneer Kitchen has partnered with Soulgood, the popular vegan food truck, to open its first flagship restaurant on January 18 at the Oakland Complex.

The organic fast-food concept will offer a 100% vegan breakfast and lunch menu that includes vegan buttermilk biscuits, waffles, Beyond Burger, tamales, tacos, vegan desserts, as well as a variety of grab and go coffees, juices and specialty shakes.

Soulgood focuses on appealing to all guests with its delicious and enticing eats. The menu showcases creative and innovative items that will generate excitement for vegans, those who are vegan-curious, meat-eaters, and even guests who may have other dietary preferences. Dishes like the Vin Diezel Dog and Drake Mollies are just a few must-tries.

Founder, head creative chef and TWU alumna, Cynthia Nevels, is eager to bring her passion for veganism to campus. She is also grateful for an opportunity to continue fulfilling her purpose. Soulgood donates five percent of every purchase to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which honors Chef Cynthia’s late son, Tyler who passed away from the genetic disease. In 2012, she sought to find meals that could help improve the quality of life for her family, knowing that her son was terminally-ill. She began experimenting in the kitchen making plant-based alternatives and later established a successful business with a mission to carry on her son’s legacy. She understands the growing trend of consumers wanting to eat healthier and hopes that with every bite of her vegan meals, people feel good about what they’re eating.

Throughout her career, Chef Cynthia has accomplished many great things. She has catered to celebrities like Billie Eilish and Stella McCartney and has also serviced major venues like the Dallas AT&T stadium. Additionally, Soulgood was voted best food truck in Dallas by the Dallas Observer and was listed among the top ten vegan-food trucks in the U.S. This newest venture in partnership with Chartwells Higher Ed is just another important milestone for the '96 TWU graduate.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about bringing Soulgood to our Denton campus," Diane R. Jackson, senior director of Dining Services, said Tuesday.  “We saw an opportunity to partner with a highly recognized vegan brand to serve not only TWU students seeking healthy meals but also guests from Denton and surrounding areas as well. By opening this official brick and mortar, which presents phenomenal recipes along with the social hangout element at Oakland, we are anticipating much success. The story and mission behind Soulgood go far beyond the plate, and that’s what makes this business arrangement most impactful.”

Soulgood will be opening at Oakland Cafe on January 18 and will offer a free purpose tea with any meal. Spring semester hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, serving all-day vegan breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Students looking for curb-side pickup or delivery will be able to use apps like GET Mobile, DoorDash and Uber Eats. 

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