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John Keller of the RiverBend Growth Association and Kelsi Baker Walden, co-owner and executive chef of Bakers & Hale

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Bakers & Hale as its Small Business of the Month for February 2021.


Established in 2018 by co-owner and executive chef Kelsi Baker Walden and consulting chef Rex Hale, the farm-to-table restaurant is a place where you can enjoy American cuisine with comfort food flair and stick around for a drink afterwards.


“While growing up, I would visit the farm where my grandfather raised beef and my grandmother always had a bountiful garden,” Walden said. “When she cooked fresh meals daily, I discovered my love of cooking while watching grandmother cook and learned to work hard for what I wanted through my parents.” This upbringing has taken Baker Walden from culinary school to such St. Louis establishments as Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill, Harrah’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, 360, The Restaurant, Basso, The Market, Boundary and finally to her own establishment, Bakers & Hale.


Bakers & Hale, 7120 Montclair Ave. in Godfrey, is open for delivery (within a five-mile radius), curbside, and carryout or dine in service from 11 a.m.-8: p.m. every day except Tuesday, when they are closed. The indoor and outdoor bars serve for an additional hour until 9 p.m. Walden asks that parties of eight or more call ahead for a reservation or visit their website-www.bakershale.com/menu/. Then call in your order for pickup, delivery or reservation to (618) 433-9748. 


Bakers & Hale offers $10 lunch deals daily as well as entrée specials in the evening. Patrons may also enjoy open mic night on Thursdays, and Fridays and Saturdays enjoy live music in their heated patio.


The RiverBend Growth Association selects a small business to honor each month. Winners are selected based on a scoring system that awards points for number of years in business, number of employees overcoming adversity and community service.

Nominate businesses by using the form on this page:


The RiverBend Growth Association is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the 11 communities known as the Riverbend. For more information about the growth association, visit www.growthassociation.com or call (618) 467-2280.

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