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At Bon Jovi's Restaurant, Pay What You Can

'Soul Kitchen' lets customers work for their dinner in New Jersey
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 2:01 PM CDT
Pay What You Can at Jon Bon Jovi's 'Soul Kitchen'
Jon Bon Jovi, center, poses with kitchen workers at the Soul Kitchen restaurant in Red Bank, NJ, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – At Jon Bon Jovi’s new restaurant, you can get “cornmeal crusted catfish with red beans and rice” or “grilled salmon with soul seasonings” without paying a cent. The restaurant aims to feed the hungry—but that doesn’t mean the meal is totally free, the Christian Science Monitor reports. You can offer a donation, or “you can bus tables, you can wait tables, you can work in the kitchen as a dishwasher or sous chef,” the rocker says.

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“If you come in and say, 'I'm hungry,' we'll feed you," he notes. "But we're going to need you to do something. It's very important to what we're trying to achieve." The restaurant is housed in a former auto body shop in New Jersey; its goal is to provide an alternative to soup kitchens, he says. "You can come here with the dignity of linens and silver, and you're served a healthy, nutritious meal." (Read more Jon Bon Jovi stories.)

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