has opened a new "pay-what-you-can" restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey
intended to encourage volunteer work in the area. The JBJ Soul Kitchen,
an establishment specializing in healthy variations on classic soul food
dishes, will not have prices on its menu. Instead, diners can either
earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a
The restaurant, which was founded by Bon
Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation, has been serving meals since 2009, but is
opening this new, permanent location in an 1100-square-foot space that
used to be an auto body shop.
In an interview with New York Magazine's Grub Street blog,
Bon Jovi clarified that the JBJ Soul Kitchen won't be a "tray
service-type of soul kitchen." "Picture the coolest brasserie in your
hometown, that's what this is," says the rocker. "It's the
hottest-looking restaurant in this town. We have to get rid of a few
stigmas attached to the word volunteering and making a difference."
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