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New Hoover restaurant offers healthy, locally sourced options

Torbor family on a mission to love, feed and connect people through new Taproot restaurant
Taproot is located at The Shoppes at Highway 150 Crossings.
Taproot is located at The Shoppes at Highway 150 Crossings.(Taproot Facebook)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 12:08 PM CDT
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HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - Hoover has a new community café, focused on wholesome locally sourced food. Reggie and Michelle Torbor opened the new restaurant in The Shoppes at Hwy 150 Crossings at the end of April. Reggie was already known for his football career with the Auburn Tigers and several NFL team, but now his family is working on a new mission to bring healthy local food to Hoover. His brother-in-law manages the new café, called Taproot.

“Originally it was going to be another smoothie shop but we found out that some of the things they were providing didn’t have good things for our bodies so we went to the drawing table and figure out a better way to put food inside our bodies that we wouldn’t feel so guilty about,” says Eric Myers, General Manager of Taproot.

They came up with a new plan, based on their motto “Love people, Feed people, Connect people.”

‘We want to love people that come inside of here, we want to feed people great food, and we want to connect people from farmers to the community. We want the community have a place to talk, have a ideas and when they leave here to pursue those ideas together,” says Myers.

The menu is a mix of recipes that the Torbors and Myers and his wife have created, along with the help of their staff. There are salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, and smoothies, made with local ingredients as much as possible.

“Everyone that comes here says its some of the freshest food they have ever had. Especially in this area. We want to highlight that,” says Myers. “My grandfather was a farmer so when I got the chance to meet some of these farmers and engage with them I think it’s so cool they have so much pride in their product. They will say hey ‘you need to try this’ and it’s some of the freshest stuff you have ever had.”

Myers is a former Hoover Police officer, and after 20 years serving in law enforcement, he’s excited to serve people in a whole new way.

“For whatever reason I dove into the restaurant industry and some people may call me crazy but one think I love is I get to provide a service to people on a different level, I get to put a smile on their face. Sometimes people need a little good food and a smile to have a better day,” says Myers.

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