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Bon Jovi owns a restaurant with no prices on the menu

amongst a lot of other really cool projects:

I knew I liked that man :)

Soul Kitchen


A community restaurant without prices on the menu.

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(October 19, 2011 – Red Bank, NJ)

Jon Bon Jovi today announced the opening of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to a crowd that overflowed the gardens and parking lot at the “community kitchen,” which redefines how the issue of hunger can be addressed. With no prices on the menu, the Soul Kitchen serves meals to customers who have earned them through volunteer hours. The Soul Kitchen operates as a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and is sustained by cash payment from customers who are able to pay the suggested donation (or even a little more).

Joined by local dignitaries, individuals and partnering local non-profit organizations, Jon thanked the Kitchen’s “friends and neighbors” who have assisted in the two-year endeavor to open the permanent location - among them Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, former Mayor Ed McKenna and the President of the Parker Family Health Center, Dr. Eugene Cheslock.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen began serving meals in 2009, utilizing two different pilot locations and assessing the patrons’ needs and response to the model, before renovating an old 1,100 square foot auto-body shop as the Kitchen’s new, permanent location.

“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,” said Jon Bon Jovi today.

Inspired by the old adage, “teach a man to fish,” diners in need who come to the Soul Kitchen are empowered – they have earned a seat at the table for themselves and their families through volunteer hours at the Kitchen or other local organizations. They are served nutritious culinary dishes by the wait-staff in a lovely restaurant atmosphere with the dignity of having earned their meal. On the other hand, patrons who can afford to dine anywhere are rewarded with not only a delicious meal but with the knowledge that by dining out and leaving the suggested donation, they’ve contributed to their community.

In addition to the Soul Kitchen’s own organic gardens, natural food is being provided by Whole Foods Market Middletown, in partnership with their vendors, many of whom are from New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

By adopting the community kitchen concept, the JBJ Soul Foundation has expanded its efforts - from affordable housing to hunger - as it celebrates its fifth anniversary as a non-profit organization.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen currently has seatings from 5pm - 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 12pm - 2pm on Sundays.

207 Monmouth St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: (732) 842-0900

RESERVATIONS are not needed at JBJ Soul Kitchen. We welcome everyone at our table and will seat guests on a first come, first serve basis.

Learn more:

To watch the Live Stream from our JBJ Soul Kitchen Press Conference, please visit the Video section of our website.

JBJ Soul Kitchen on the Today Show (air date: 10/21/2011)

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver

by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM
Replies (31-33):
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 7:36 PM
I agree with survivormom 100percent
by AllieCat on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I have always adored this man.

He is a wonderful soul.

I just hope his daughter can get her act together and stop acting like a spoiled brat and put the damn drugs away.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 6:09 PM

This is old news, really old, I have been here  last year, food is good, but I paid the right amount for it.

I put $50 in the envelope....

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