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Chrissie Hynde Will Open Restaurant in Ohio

With a little luck, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde will be celebrating her next birthday at her new restaurant at the Northside Lofts at the edge of downtown Akron.

Sept. 7 -- Hynde's birthday -- is the target opening date for her as-yet-unnamed eatery. And although the lease has not been signed, those involved are gushing with excitement over the plans.

It's been rumored for months that Hynde, leader of the band the Pretenders, was interested in opening a restaurant in her hometown.

Hynde, a strict vegetarian and animal-rights activist, plans to open a vegetarian restaurant, but won't bill it as one.

``Chrissie is wired about the space,'' Chalmers said.

He said initial plans for a vegan menu, which would not have allowed any animal products, have been changed to more traditional vegetarian fare out of concern that the offerings would be too limited.

The restaurant will use organic foods as much as possible, including eggs and cheese.
Dolores Hynde said family members have been trying to help think up a name for the place. She preferred The Alternative, but said that name was rejected by her daughter, who felt it would make the restaurant sound too vegetarian.

Lisa A. Abraham can be reached at 330-996-3737 or [email protected].

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