Our Values









Jen & Blake began with the goal to meld their ideas of place-based, seasonally appropriate cuisine, right livelihood, environmental ethics and social and community responsibility into a restaurant they would operate with compassion, generosity, loving kindness and grace. Along the way, we grew a farm, a retail wing, and a book publishing business that we try to run with the same deep caring and thought.
In 2017, President Trump announced plans that threaten our very home and livelihood, plunging us into a new phase of political activism at our restaurant. If successful, the President’s proposal will shrink the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to half its original size and open it up to extractive mining. In addition, Bears Ears National Monument is slated to be reduced, threatening Tribal sacred lands.
Our town and county are in an economic boom because of the monument. This county of just 5,000 people brings in $78 million a year in tourist-based revenue, much of it due to the monument. And that’s just the direct tourism revenue. It doesn’t include all the other ways the monument adds to the economy. We are confident in saying that our businesses would not exist without the GSENM. Help us save our immeasurable home by supporting the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, and by speaking up in support of our beautiful wild places.

Hell's Backbone Grill is a  proud member of the Slow Food Organization, Native Seeds/SEARCH and WWOOF.

Hell's Backbone Grill are proud members of the Slow Food Organization, Native Seeds/SEARCH and WWOOF.

Here are just some of the other non-profits whose work inspires us:

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Common Ground Outdoor Adventure

Slow Food Utah

The Road Home

Grand Canyon Youth

The Entrada Institute

Utah Rivers Council

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

Glen Canyon Institute



Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Youth Garden Project

Odyssey House

Mystical Arts of Tibet

Katog Choling

Heart & Soul

International Campaign for Tibet

Wasatch Community Gardens

Boulder Arts Council


For those of you in Utah, we'd like to introduce a great non-profit organization, Local First Utah. Local First is dedicated to strengthening communities and local economies by promoting, preserving, and protecting local, independently owned businesses throughout Utah.

See who else is involved or list your local business at www.localfirst.org