Jon Bon Jovi opens ‘pay what you can’ restaurant

Stars often give back. But rocker Jon Bon Jovi has come up with an innovative twist.

He and his wife, Dorothea, have opened The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant in Red Bank, N.J.

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.

Entrees are upscale, including Rainbow beet salad, Garden State gumbo and cornmeal-crusted catfish, reportsĀ The Asbury Park Press.

The concept: To provide gourmet-quality meals to the hungry while enabling them to volunteer on community projects in return. It’s a soup kitchen, but not a typical one.

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