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The VegiTerranean
21 Furnace St.
Akron, OH 44308

When a rock star is involved with a restaurant that doesn’t have guitars on the walls, it’s noteworthy.

Chrissie Hynde is one of the more vocal vegans out there. So when she found herself going back to Ohio to deal with aging relatives, she was a little frustrated by the lack of vegan food. And so, she opened her own restaurant, The VegiTerranean in Akron. No animal products are used in the food, and the emphasis is on organic and sustainable ingredients.  This makes the menu friendly to many who have food allergies or who keep kosher. The restaurant is open all day: coffee and baked goods in the morning, followed by lunch, dinner, and bar service.  J. Scot Jones, another Akron native, is the executive chef.

Looking around, I had the feeling that this was a celebrity restaurant that didn’t want to be a Celebrity Restaurant of Planet Hollywood vintage. Hynde’s name is associated with the place, clearly, and the menu includes “Chrissie” fries and the “Back on the Chain Gang” fake sausage sandwich. But the décor is almost minimalist, mostly black and white and chrome, and few of the black-and-white pictures on the wall were of the Pretenders. Hynde’s name is on the menu and on the door, but this isn’t a Chain Gang Café. It’s a serious restaurant that attracted a serious business crowd for lunch on a recent weekday.


Hi, kids! Are you back for more? Okay then, let’s settle in for another weekly mix brought you by yours truly! This time, Mix Sixers, we’re going to explore a question that’s in almost every “Intro to Philosophy” class: “What is rock ‘n’ roll?” Wait. I meant to say that it’s a question that should be asked in every “Intro to Philosophy” class. Sorry. Let’s get started, okay?