Chris Peterson, Laura Baker and Craig Baker run Bake’s Place in downtown Bellevue. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Chris Peterson, Laura Baker and Craig Baker run Bake’s Place in downtown Bellevue. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Bake’s Place thriving in Bellevue

The restaurant and venue has been in downtown Bellevue for the last seven years.

For the last seven years, Bake’s Place in downtown Bellevue has been providing music and food for locals.

The venue, which can hold around 300 people between its indoor and outdoor spaces and hosts live music six days a week. Owner Craig Baker said he’s a musician and had his own bands during the 1960s but always wanted to return to the area to present live music.

“Where the music was treated with the respect it deserves,” he said.

Bake’s Place has an indoor stage that seats around 120 people and a large outdoor patio complete with a bar that holds around 150. Baker said music is free all week except on the weekends when they charge a cover. The styles range from singer songwriters to blues duos and rock bands to cover bands.

On top of the music and booze, the venue is also a full restaurant serving what Baker calls new American food.

Baker said after 20 years, he knows what he wants from the venue and hopes to keep improving on it.

“The base, the foundation, is pretty solid so I think all we do is try to improve that foundation,” he said.

The Bellevue location was a long-time dream for Baker, who started the club in his Redmond basement and was inspired by Seattle’s Jazz Alley venue. They later moved to a location in Issaquah but decided to head to Bellevue in 2012 because it had a larger night life and there was a relative lack of venues. The Issaquah location had to be shut down by 10:30 p.m. every night and the Bellevue space can stay open late.

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