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Chrissie Hynde -VegiTerranean -Akron, Ohio

johnnysensible
Posted by johnnysensible at 09/19/2007

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/abraham/9609002.html

Opening mid-October.

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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.

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''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."

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"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."

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johnnysensible
johnnysensible09/19/2007 23:55:04
What's the Chrissie Hynde blueprint for living?

"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.

http://www.pretendersarchives.com/articles/ArtUS0196.html

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

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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.
mkbehr
mkbehr09/20/2007 19:37:33
Awesome! I live close enough to it. Can't wait to check it out.
cleve315
cleve31501/01/2008 22:15:05
Went to Vegiteranean on 12/28/07. Food was very good, the restaurant has a sexy, cosmopolitan feel, but the prices are high relative to the amount of food you get. $8 for a razor thin slice of vegan cheesecake is very expensive...prices are higher than in NYC, LA and are on par with The Millenium in San Fran. I'm not sure what the owners of Vegiteranean are smoking, but Akron is no LA or NY or SF and I'm not sure the market will support such high prices. Initially they'll be OK, b/c of the good buzz they're getting, but I don't know. I had the baked chicken risotta. Very yummy. I would get it again. The service was fast despite the restaurant being very busy. The service slowed ironically when we ordered desert which didn't need to be individually cooked, but rather. I will go again. As a vegan in NE Ohio, my options are limited for fine dining vegan restaurants I want to support this place. For Vegiteranean to make it in economically depressed Akron, they will need to attract non-vegans. I wish them luck.
AlmostVeggie
AlmostVeggie01/02/2008 23:22:40
Oooh, vegan cheesecake.
johnnysensible
johnnysensible02/24/2008 09:57:30
VegiTerranean making plans to grow
Hynde eyes Columbus, other Ohio cities for eatery. Las Vegas also possible
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By Lisa Abraham
Beacon Journal food writer
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Published on Saturday, Feb 23, 2008
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There could be a second location of Chrissie Hynde's VegiTerranean restaurant in Columbus by midsummer, co-owner Dan Duplain said Friday.
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But he and Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, don't intend to stop there.
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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.
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''We are pretty serious about it,'' Duplain said, adding that Hynde would ''like to capture the Ohio market.''
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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.
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He said the eclectic concept suits Hynde — ''It is Chrissie.''
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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.
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''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.
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The exception, however, could be Las Vegas, where they already have feelers out for locations.
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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.
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JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible09/07/2010 02:58:37
"Get rid of this insane car culture that's destroying us," she explained. "Get back to small (land) shareholdings, get rid of factory farms, get rid of big corporations. Think small." - Chrissie - from a 2008 interview - today is her birthday!

Full interview here - ://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2150914620080922\
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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.

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