I’m a fan of Bon Jovi, and for more than one reason. A few of his songs have made it onto my most frequented Spotify playlist, and from what I’ve observed, he’s a good guy in addition to being a good musician.
Adding to his good guy repertoire, Bon Jovi recently opened his third Soul Kitchen restaurant in the state of New Jersey, his hometown. For anyone unfamiliar with his Soul Kitchen restaurants, all patrons are “welcome to dine on fresh, lovingly-prepared food, even when they have no money—by pledging volunteer hours in return,” explains an article from The Good News Network.
In opening his third Soul Kitchen restaurant with his wife, Dorothea Hurley, on the Rutgers University campus, Bon Jovi wanted to appeal to a ” new demographic of hungry low-income customer, the college student. At the Grand Opening, Jon dismissed the idea that it should be a rite of passage for students studying hard to eat nothing but instant noodles,” says the article.
As for what the rock star hopes to achieve with his newest opening? He said “the goal behind the Rutgers location is ‘to play a role in alleviating food insecurity among college students and giving them the support they need to achieve their dreams.'”
The menu at the Soul Kitchen restaurants emphasizes local ingredients, and customers can pay for their order in whatever way best suits them. For example, customers can choose from a variety of payment methods, including “pay what you can, pay what you want, volunteer, or pay it forward, a structure intended to create a sense of community, respect and dignity, as well as charity among local communities,” explains the article.
I can certainly appreciate when celebrities use their platforms and finances to benefit those who aren’t as fortunate, and Bon Jovi does not disappoint in this regard.