Jon Bon Jovi’s foundation planning ‘pay-what-you-can’ restaurant
CBS staff and Y! Philly reports
Jon Bon Jovi has received the go-ahead to convert an auto repair shop into a restaurant that would serve people whether they can pay or not.
The singer's foundation is opening Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, N.J. The restaurant will serve healthy foods prepared with local ingredients from New Jersey farms. The difference is that there will be 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. Diners can also donate money to pay for the meals of others.
Red Bank's planning board on Monday signed off on the plan, which is based on concepts used in Denver and Salt Lake City. The community restaurant could be open as soon as July 4.
The musician was recently in Philadelphia, where he helped open a housing unit for homeless teens and young adults. He was also recently named to a White House council addressing the plight of the homeless.
Photo caption: Jon Bon Jovi embraces Sister Mary Scullion during an event marking the opening of Covenant House's new facility on April 19 in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)