Bon Jovi Opens Community Restaurant
He’s not just an international rock sensation. Jon Bon Jovi is also a dedicated philanthropist . . . and his latest endeavor is sizzling. Literally and figuratively.
Through the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which combats homelessness, he is opening The Soul Kitchen, a restaurant which will serve low-cost or no-cost meals to customers in Red Bank, NJ.
Expected to open this spring, The Soul Kitchen will serve healthy foods prepared with local ingredients from New Jersey farms. There will be no prices on the menu. The restaurant will be run on a "pay-what-you-can" basis. The suggested meal donation is $10, but if you can afford to pay more, the money will help feed someone else. If you can't afford to pay at all, you can volunteer time in the restaurant instead. In short, no one is turned away from a meal. Diners can also donate money to pay for the meals of others.
Inspired by the SAME (“So All May Eat”) Café in Denver, which also operates on a pay-what-you-can model, Bon Jovi hopes his restaurant will be a model for the future. The “community restaurant” momentum is building as restaurants realize that they can do more in their communities than feed people . . . just like JBJ is doing more with his star power than rocking out.
Red Bank's planning board has officially signed off on The Soul Kitchen, and the community restaurant could open as soon as July 4.
To heighten our respect for him, JBJ also helped open a housing unit for homeless teens and young adults in Philadelphia. Moreover, he was recently named to a White House council addressing the plight of the homeless.