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The name Ray’s is remembered by many in the area for Great food.  It all started in 1964 when my father and mother opened a Drive-In here in Kelso.   In 1967, they modified our home and opened it to the public as Ray’s House of Pizza and Steaks.  By offering some of the area’s best food in a unique atmosphere,  It was here the reputation was made.  We closed the business in 1976 because of Dad’s health related issues.  Now, after 30 years;  my wife Cindy and I have rekindled the fire, so to say.  Our old house no longer stands, but the recipes and philosophies I grew up with are not forgotten.

Today, much like then, We are a family owned and operated business. Our main restaurant was built in 1920 as the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Kelso. The building was acquired by my grandfather in 1934 after the bank closed. In our family ever since, Cindy and I decided to renovate and restore this historic place as close to its original 1920’s appearance as possible. Guests can still see the original tin ceiling, the marble floors and partial marble walls; even the original bank vault and its steel door are intact.

Our "Whiteford House"  for private dining is adjacent to our main restaurant. We offer the same menu, but in an atmosphere a bit more quiet and cozy than our main restaurant. The facility is also available for group dining  and parties of nearly 50 people.    


Our Outdoor Courtyard dining area is nestled between our two buildings. We open the outdoor area from May into October for al fresco dining. Over the past several years, our courtyard has become popular for our Saturday night cook-outs and themed buffets, paired with the area's best entertainment.  Check out the Courtyard 

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Our Plaza Conference Center for banquets and large events is located in Cape Girardeau adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express.   With 3 different rooms, we can accommodate groups from 30 to 750.  Weddings, conventions, parties, dinner auctions, reunions and more, the Plaza by Ray's is the ideal venue for your special event!


Catering at a venue or location of your choice?


With our fullly equipped catering truck (our "Kitchen on Wheels") any event is possible.  We are quite frequently seen all over Southeast Missouri & Southern Illinois.


No matter why you choose Ray's;  It is our goal that your TOTAL experience be a Great One


One behalf of our family before us...


                                And our family today,


           Welcome to Ray's!

151 S. Messmer St. Kelso MO 63758
Tel: 573-264-1115
Email: ray@raysofkelso.com

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