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Jon Bon Jovi to Open "Pay What You Can" Soul Kitchen Restaurant in New Jersey

Here's just one more reason to love Jon Bon Jovi (besides the fact that he can totally rock out and manages to actually get younger and hotter each year).

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is opening Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, this spring. (If Red Bank sounds familiar, it's because that's where musicians like Bon Jovi and Springsteen started their careers.) The restaurant will serve healthy foods prepared with local ingredients from New Jersey farms. The difference is that there are no prices on the menu.

The restaurant will be run on a "pay what you can" basis. The suggested meal donation is $10. If you can afford to pay more, the money will go to help feed someone. If you can't afford to pay, you can volunteer time in the restaurant. In short -- no one is turned away from a meal.

Patrons are encouraged to dine at communal tables, make new friends, and come back and volunteer at Soul Kitchen. 

In this economy, the "pay what you can" concept sounds like a great idea. Now, would any rock star like to start a "pay what you can" gas station in Fort Lauderdale?

Soul Kitchen from Soul Kitchen on Vimeo.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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