An unfortunate victim of the economy


Sadly, Chrissie Hynde has closed her Mediterranean-style vegan restaurant, the VegiTerranean, in Akron.

She posts,

“It is with great regret that The VegiTerranean in downtown Akron has closed it doors for the last time.

This has been a labor of love for us for the last four years. We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not been possible.

I’d like to THANK everybody who helped me fulfill my dream. I discovered that Vegan cuisine in Ohio has become more appreciated than I imagined. We were voted among the top 5 Vegan restaurants in America by Business Week. Of course my Chef Scot Jones is responsible for that, with the help of Tal Ronnen, the man who taught him how to translate his delicious recipes into non meat versions. Last but not least I’d like to thank our management, amazing staff and everyone of you who dined with us at The VegiTerranean.

Your Friend, Chrissie Hynde”

I ate there with my sisters last June and even though both of them are meat-eaters (as I am not), we all thought it was excellent. Since it was a nice day, we ate out on the spacious patio, and the setting was lovely. I’m really sorry she couldn’t make a go of it. Way too many people who have put their heart and soul into their dream business are losing it now, and it’s not like it used to be where if you tried and failed at your own project, you could just go back to your 9-5 job. Now there’s nothing. Chrissie Hynde will probably be OK, but it’s still sad — and what about all the other who didn’t make a pile of money in their rock and roll heydey? The big banks are sitting on all the money, and there’s nothing left down here for US job creators to patronize businesses like the VegiTerranean and create jobs there.

This is why they are occupying Wall Street.