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Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde Closes Her Ohio Restaurant, Citing Bad Economy

Chrissie Hynde closed her vegan restaurant on Sunday, citing a bad economy.  The Akron, Ohio, restaurant was open four years and was voted one of the top five vegan restaurants in America by Business Week.

The Vegiterranean served vegan dishes with an Italian-Mediterranean flair. On the restaurant's site, Hynde, 60, posted the following message:

"It is with great regret that The Vegiterranean in downtown Akron has closed its doors for the last time.

This has been a labour of love for me for the last four years. We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not been possible.

I'd like to thank everybody who helped me try to fulfill my dream. I discovered that vegan cuisine in Ohio has become more appreciated than I imagined. We were even voted among the top 5 vegan restaurants in America by Business Week. Of course my chef Scot Jones is responsible for that, with the help of Tal Ronnen, the man who taught him how to translate his delicious recipes into non meat versions. Last but not least, I'd like to thank our amazing staff, servers and every one of you who dined with us at The Vegiterreanean.

Your friend, Chrissie Hynde"

The restaurant's website is currently down. Hynde is lead singer for the Pretenders and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hynde is a vegan and frequent PETA spokesperson. Here's her song "I'll Stand by You" in a PETA video:


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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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