Jon Bon Jovi Opens Charity Restaurant, Soul Kitchen, In Red Bank

RED BANK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The rain couldn’t stop Jon Bon Jovi from opening his new charity restaurant in his home state on Wednesday.

Soul Kitchen has a “pay-what-you-can” format  designed to help the hungry without the stigma of a soup kitchen.

There are no prices on the menu. Instead, diners can pay whatever they’re able to for their meal or volunteer to work in the restaurant or other local organizations.

“At a time when 1 in 5 households are living at or below the poverty level, and at a time when 1 out of 6 Americans are food insecure, this is a restaurant whose time has come. This is a place based on and built on community – by and for the community,” Bon Jovi said.

He’s heavily involved in the operation and helps out behind the scenes even lending a hand in the kitchen by rolling up his sleeves to wash dishes.

But the rocker says “he can’t cook a lick.”

The restaurant operates out of a former 1,100 square foot auto body shop near the Red Bank train station.

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is subsidizing the eatery.

Soul Kitchen, which is located at 207 Monmouth St., is open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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  1. ELOY POSADA says:

    ATTABOY JON!!..YOU REALLY DID IT THIS TIME MY JERSE PAL, BESIDES BEIN’ A VERY OVERRATED TALENTED MUSICIAN YOU’VE ALSO GOT A BIG HEART YOURSELF THO..GOD BLESS YA BRUTHA FOR SUCH A NICE GESTURE..

  2. Tom K. says:

    The wait staff, bus and cleaning crew are the hardest working individuals in the industry and the most forgotten. There’s no mention how they will be compensated. If you can’t afford a meal, you most likely leave a tip. Once I’m informed, I may decide to applaud his efforts.

  3. Wolf says:

    Good to know Jon has not forgotten his moral values he gained growing up Jersey. The rest of the country should take notice to this and begin doing the same thing. If everyone stops being so damn greedy and helps out just one person a week… it would not belong and this country will be on the track to becoming the great country it once was.

  4. henry p duvall says:

    His heart is in the right place. Class act that avoids this type of headline. He gives back to his community with money and acts of kindness. Something we could all learn from

  5. Sue says:

    Yes, yes I read some where that he had a head for business and he kept is hands on all his monies and where they were being spent this just goes to show you how smart he really is let help people at home first. Way to go Bon Jovi, I’ll keep you in my prayers.God Bless you and yours.

  6. Liberals Are Evil says:

    Always loved Bon Jovi…now there is another reason! God bless him.

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