A Restaurant The 99% And 1% Can Agree On, Brought To You By Bon Jovi

by Chelsea Burcz · October 21, 2011

Being born and raised on the Jersey Shore I get a lot of flack from, well, everybody everywhere. But I think it's time we give respect where it's due, even if it is in Jersey. Jon Bon Jovi has recently opened a restaurant in Red Bank, NJ called Soul Kitchen that has an ingenious concept - you "pay what you can." The premise is really that simple: diners can earn a voucher for a free legitimate meal through volunteering (waiting tables, weeding in the organic garden, washing pots and dishes) - taking away the stigma of a soup kitchen or shelter.

Diners can earn their meal, or if you have the money, you can leave a suggested donation in an envelope at the table.

The concept gives those in need a way to work for their meals so they don't go hungry, and big corporations, such as Whole Foods who is donating the food, can give back to smaller communities. Hence, a Tea Partier (a private enterprise helping out without government involvement) and Occupier (the 1% helping out the 99%) can agree here.

What's even better - families in need can earn healthy, hearty, organic meals.

With the segregation between the 1% and the 99% abundantly clear- maybe this is a place that both sides can sit down and have a peace meal?

[Occupy Wall Streeters eating]

Versus

[Execs on Wall Street sip champagne while Occupy Wall Street protests]

I'm thinking New York City should adopt this Jersey concept?

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