May 2016 - Brad Hagen
CHEF OF THE MONTH
Chef Brad Hagen
Broadway Oyster Bar & Grafton Oyster Bar
Chef Brad is the executive chef at both locations and is a partner in the new Grafton location.
You may be scratching your head, but they have expanded to a beautiful river front location in Grafton, IL. They opened the Grafton Oyster Bar on March 1, 2016, just in time for crawfish season. They have also opened a new kitchen in St. Louis to allow them to offer catering (BOB on the Fly) and allow for future expansion ideas. On top of all that, they recently opened new outdoor all-season patio with state of the art restrooms at Broadway Oyster Bar allowing us to seat an additional 80 people.
Chef Brad is originally from Jerseyville, IL getting his education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. However, he established his roots in grandmother’s kitchen but also credits hard work, persistence, research, and surrounding myself with hardworking intelligent people.
His favorite menu items are shrimp and grits, chargrilled oysters, and voodoo shrimp and he is able to make all three of these dishes with his favorite piece of equipment, his hands.
Three Cool Facts:
1. Broadway Oyster Bar is now a full service caterer.
2. Broadway Oyster Bar is serving an average of 8500 fresh oysters weekly.
3. Grafton Oyster Bar is a floating restaurant at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers
Broadway Oyster Bar : 736 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102 : (314) 621-8811 : broadwayoysterbar.com
Grafton Oyster Bar : 215 West Water St., Grafton, IL 62037 : (618) 786-3000: graftonoysterbar.com
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