The flailing economy has claimed another victim. VegiTerranean, the Akron, Ohio vegan restaurant opened by iconic rocker Chrissie Hynde, has closed its doors for the final time on Sunday, announcing the closure on the restaurant’s website.
“We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not been possible,” Hyde wrote on the restaurant’s website. The once and future Pretender and Akron native opened the restaurant on Furnace Street in downtown Akron in 2007, where it was recognized by Business Week magazine as being one of the top five vegan restaurants in the country.
Hynde insisted to The Morton Report that while she owned a restaurant, she couldn’t cook.
"No, I can’t cook. I have a restaurant so I have somewhere to eat when I go to Akron."
Here’s the entire statement posted on the eatery's website:
It is with great regret that The VegiTerranean in downtown Akron has closed its doors for the last time.
This has been a labour of love for me 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 try to fulfill my dream. I discovered that vegan cuisine in Ohio has become more appreciated than I imagined. We were even 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 amazing staff, servers and every one of you who dined with us at The Vegiterreanean.
Your friend, Chrissie Hynde