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WHAT’S NEW: Bon Jovi Opens Charity Restaurant

The legendary Jon Bon Jovi has stepped onto the culinary stage and opened a restaurant, which surprisingly does not list prices on the menu, but only suggested donations to cover the cost of the meal.  The JBJ Soul Kitchen opened this past Wednesday in Red Bank, N.J. The restaurant offers gourmet meals to diners who can either pay a nominal charge or volunteer their time in lieu of payment.

“At a time when one in five households are living at or below the poverty level, and at a time when one out of six Americans are food insecure, this is a restaurant whose time has come,” New Jersey-born Bon Jovi said in a statement.

“This is a place based on and built on community — by and for the community,” he said of the restaurant located in a former mechanic shop.

You do not have to volunteer at the JBJ Soul Kitchen solely to eat there. Volunteering at other local organizations will provide you with a meal as well. The restaurant was created under the rocker’s Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, an anti-poverty charity.

Volunteers earn their meals through food-prep, busing tables or stocking shelves. Cash-paying customers who pay a suggested donation of $20 for a three-course meal are also welcome at the restaurant, which sources ingredients from its own organic gardens, with natural foods also donated by local merchants.

For more information on this unique charity, visit the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation website at


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