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Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ Restaurant Opens In New Jersey

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Jon Bon Jovi performs during the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 2 presented by Shell at The Fair Grounds Race Course on April 30, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jon Bon Jovi performs during the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Day 2 presented by Shell at The Fair Grounds Race Course on April 30, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi’s “pay-what-you-can” charity restaurant in New Jersey is open for business.

The rocker said Wednesday that Soul Kitchen in Red Bank is designed to help the hungry without the stigma of a soup kitchen.

There are no prices on the menu. Diners pay whatever they’re able to. Those without money can still eat provided they’re willing to work in the restaurant or perform some community service.

Bon Jovi tells The Associated Press he’s heavily involved in the operation, including rolling up his sleeves behind the scenes to wash dishes. But the New Jersey native says he “can’t cook a lick.”

The restaurant operates out of a former auto body shop near the Red Bank train station. The rocker’s charitable foundation is subsidizing it.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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