LATEST: THE PRETENDERS rocker CHRISSIE HYNDE has made plans to open yet another vegan restaurant - near the site of New York's 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The singer recently opened her first eatery in her native Akron, Ohio, called The VegiTerranean.
And Hynde is already eager to branch out, with hopes of continuing her culinary venture in the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero - the main building of the new World Trade Center complex that is currently under construction.
[Chicago Sun-Times - opinion]
3 p.m. Sept. 12, 2008
There's nothing middle-of-the-road about Chrissie Hynde, guitarist-vocalist of the Pretenders and former journalist for New Musical Express.
Late last year the always spicy Hynde opened her VegiTerranean restaurant and coffee house in the Northside Lofts, the centerpiece of a new entertainment area north of downtown Akron. The neighborhood is rising from the ghosts of what was known as Lil' Dublin. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington played in area nightspots and live local music can still be heard at the Northside, 111 N. Main, across the street from VegiTerranean. The music club is in a former brick brothel that was built in 1914.....
"We have people traveling from Dallas and Pittsburgh on a monthly basis to eat here," VegitTerranean executive chef Scott Jones said in a mid-summer conversation on the restaurant's patio. He operates VegiTerranen with Hynde, Dan Duplain of Canton and Nick Szerkes of Canton. "You don't have to be a vegan or vegetarian," Jones said. "We cater to cardio patients, diabetic lifestyles. This is a fun place for people to come."
Jones prepared a vegan meal for Hynde at the beginning of their business partnership. "She said she was a vegetarian, but had cheeses from time to time," he said. "After a couple of meetings she was comfortable with the vegan direction." Jones said his vegan approach adds depthness of flavor with ingredients such as soy butters and tofu cream cheese.
As I left Jones was preparing to enter a vegan hamburger in Akron's Hamburger Festival. "The first vegan competition anywhere in America," he said. "People asked if we were crazy. Why not?"
Sep 17, 2007