Chrissie Hynde -VegiTerranean -Akron, Ohio
Posted by johnnysensible at 09/19/2007
VegiTerranean has three parts a coffee bar and bakery, a lounge and the restaurant all compactly designed in the southeast corner of the lofts building. Each phase of the restaurant has its own patio area, with views of the valley below and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
''From a restaurant standpoint, we want to change what people think of as vegetarian cuisine,'' Duplain said.
VegiTerranean's executive chef will be Scot Jones, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Jones is currently executive chef at Fedeli in Canton, and will take on the duties of executive chef for both.
Duplain said Jones has been working on the menu with Tal Ronnen, head chef for Veg Advantage, a nonprofit group that helps other chefs develop vegetarian options. Ronnen also works with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal rights group that Hynde supports."
"Cocktails will be made with freshly squeezed juice and all will be offered in a nonalcoholic ''Dr. Bob'' version in recognition of Akron history and Dr. Bob Smith, who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous here."
"Be a vegetarian. Avoid drinking alcohol. Smoke pot if you can't get to sleep. Read. Be very reclusive. Don't go to parties very often. Do a half-hour of yoga every day. There is no more. And just mind your own business." - Chrissie interview with Al Weisel 1996.
Chrissie is one of my favorite people on the planet.
What a great project!
The "Dr. Bob" connection is the "icing on the vegan cake" for me!
"All you hamburger-eating mother[censored]ers are gonna die!" - Chrissie - Boston Pretenders Concert - 1995
My "connections" / "links" - "Dr. Bob" - Bill Wilson - Gerald Heard - Huston Smith - Aldous Huxley (sidetracking to Aleister Crowley & Dion Fortune & George Orwell) - The Doors - The Kinks - The Pretenders.
Hynde eyes Columbus, other Ohio cities for eatery. Las Vegas also possible
By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer
Published on Saturday, Feb 23, 2008
There could be a second location of Chrissie Hynde's VegiTerranean restaurant in Columbus by midsummer, co-owner Dan Duplain said Friday.
But he and Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, don't intend to stop there.
Duplain said that while Columbus will be the next stop, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Las Vegas are all being considered as future sites for VegiTerraneans, the vegan restaurant the pair opened in Akron's Northside Lofts.
''We are pretty serious about it,'' Duplain said, adding that Hynde would ''like to capture the Ohio market.''
The restaurants would all have the same concept — vegan
restaurant, lounge and coffee bar — and the same feel as the contemporary interior of the Akron location. Opening additional locations should be easier, he said, now that the concept has been established.
He said the eclectic concept suits Hynde — ''It is Chrissie.''
In Columbus, Duplain said, they are considering the Short North area or downtown. Duplain, Hynde, Executive Chef Scot Jones and builders Paul and Joel Testa have been investigating Columbus locations, with a midsummer opening as the goal.
''The goal right now is to look in Ohio. If things work out, we've talked about going national. We're more interested in opening in Ohio first,'' Duplain said.
The exception, however, could be Las Vegas, where they already have feelers out for locations.
VegiTerranean opened on Furnace Street, just north of downtown Akron, in November, serving Mediterranean-style vegan food. Hynde, an Akron native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is a vegan and animal-rights activist.
Full interview here - ://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2150914620080922\
When Chrissie used to walk into a restaurant which I managed in early-80's London it was happy smiles all round - but everyone respected her privacy.