Bon Jovi Restaurant – It’s a “pay-what-you-can” charity restaurant to fight hunger in his native New Jersey.
The Bon Jovi Restaurant is a new type of charity to help those in need. It’s not the first time that the rocker opened a diner. His wife, Dorothea, opened an eatery in Red Bank called “The Soul Kitchen.” The pay-what-you-can system means patrons can offer up the amount of money they feel is appropriate to cover their meal.
People without money can still eat provided they lend a hand working in the restaurant.
The 49-year-old’s charitable foundation, the Soul Foundation, will subsidize the location to keep the property afloat. Jon will be involved in the project behind the scenes because he says he ‘can’t cook’.
Bon Jovi spoke during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in a tent set up on the grounds of the Soul Kitchen, at 207 Monmouth St. Driving rain and gusty winds kept visitors from lingering in the cheerful garden, with its raised beds of herbs, kale, chard and flowers.
Whole Foods in Middletown will be donating fresh produce and offering storage space to the JBJ Soul Kitchen. The restaurant has a paid staff of three — two chefs and a bus person — and a group of volunteers to handle everything else.
“At a time when one in five households are living at or below the poverty level, and at a time when one in six households are “food insecure, this is a restaurant whose time has come,” Bon Jovi said. “This is a place based on and built on community — by and for the community.”