The Far Western Tavern today announced that the restaurant will move to a new location in Old Town Orcutt in late 2011. The existing restaurant in Guadalupe will remain open until a few weeks before the move.
“The new location in Old Town Orcutt will enable us to continue the Far Western Tavern tradition for years to come in the Santa Maria Valley,” said Renee Righetti-Fowler, whose grandparents Clarence and Rosalie Minetti established the Far Western Tavern in 1958 along with Rosalie’s cousin, the late Richard Maretti, and his wife Jean. The Far Western Tavern is today owned by the greater Minetti family, with the third generation now actively overseeing the restaurant’s operations.
The new location at 300 Clark Avenue in Old Town Orcutt will be built out over the next year. Like the current restaurant, the new restaurant will feature separate downstairs bar and dining areas, along with an upstairs banquet room.
“Our goal is to capture the distinctive spirit and ambiance of the original restaurant,” Righetti-Fowler said. “The menu will also be very similar.”
The current restaurant occupies the Palace Hotel building that was built in 1912. The building is owned by the Minetti family. The family plans to collaborate with the City of Guadalupe and others to determine the best course of action for the building after it is vacated by the restaurant. “We want to find a workable solution, but we just don’t know what that solution is at this point,” Righetti-Fowler said.
She added, “This was a very tough decision for our family after all of these years in Guadalupe. But after carefully evaluating our options, we felt that it was the best decision for ensuring that the restaurant remains a viable family business for years to come. The Old Town Orcutt location, which is more centrally located to both Highway 1 and Highway 101, will make the restaurant more accessible to visitors and locals alike.”
“We are truly grateful to our community of Guadalupe for their support over the decades,” Righetti-Fowler said. “We invite everyone to come out and share memories with us.”