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Growth Association names Bakers & Hale as Small Business of Month

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Bakers & Hale in Godfrey 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 to enjoy American cuisine with comfort food flair and stick around for a drink afterward.

“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.”

The upbringing took 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 is located at 7120 Montclair Ave. in Godfrey.

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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 a business 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 River Bend. For more information about the Growth Association, please visit or call (618) 467-2280.


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

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