First Look: Jax Cafe in Benton Park

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       Bacon waffles with cinnamon ice cream. | Mabel Suen
       Bacon waffles with cinnamon ice cream. | Mabel Suen

Chef Brian Hale has made waves all over the St. Louis dining scene, manning the helm at the late, great Monarch Restaurant as well as working with Chase Park Plaza, BARcelona and Coastal Bistro. On July 23, he started the next chapter in his culinary career as the executive chef of Jax Cafe (2901 Salena Street; 314-449-1995), which opened on July 23 in Benton Park. This time, however, he's doing things a bit differently.

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       Chef Brian Hale. | Mabel Suen
       Chef Brian Hale. | Mabel Suen

When asked what makes his food at Jax Cafe a standout, Hale says, "Love. It's the bottom line. I've been in St. Louis for a long time and was constantly at the center of attention. My food is ten times better than what it used to be because I'm not looking for that spotlight. Now, it's simply a labor of love."

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