Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation opens restaurant on Rutgers Newark campus

Posted: Updated:

Students at Rutgers Newark have a new option for dining on campus: JBJ Soul Kitchen, part of Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley's effort to bring affordable meals to those in need.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen model is built around a three-course, sit-down, restaurant-style meal with a $12 price tag. Those who cannot afford to pay have the option to work at the restaurant in exchange for food.

"This is a way you can stretch your budget," says Dorothea Hurley, who is married to Bon Jovi. "You can come to the Soul Kitchen, eat and then have a little more disposable income."

This location, in the Robeson Campus Center, is the third Soul Food Kitchen and the first on a college campus. In partnership with campus food provider Gourmet Dining, the Newark venue is open on weekdays.

Studies have found 1 in 3 college students experiences food insecurity. Student Brian Ray says he was one of them.

"You don't want to, in some cases like myself, have to reach out to folks especially at home and ask for a helping hand," Ray says.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your April 2020 Super Pink Moon Photos

    Your April 2020 Super Pink Moon Photos

    This week's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Did you see it? Share your photos with us.
    This week's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Did you see it? Share your photos with us.
  • Your Breath of Fresh Air Photos

    Your Breath of Fresh Air Photos

    In these trying times, we can all use a breath of fresh air every once in a while. News 12 wants to see your scenic photos while you get your breath of fresh air.
    In these trying times, we can all use a breath of fresh air every once in a while. News 12 wants to see your scenic photos while you get your breath of fresh air.
  • PHOTOS: The Impact of coronavirus around the world

    PHOTOS: The Impact of coronavirus around the world

    CoronavirusCoronavirus
    CoronavirusCoronavirus
    These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.
    These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak. 
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."