A new era begins for the Far Western Tavern after the opening if its new restaurant at 300 Clark Avenue in Old Town Orcutt.
The restaurant officially opened on Monday, October 29, starting with an official ribbon cutting with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau.
“The Chamber has not only been a longtime asset to the Far Western Tavern, but to the entire local business community, so it was fitting that they were there to help us launch our new restaurant,” said co-owner Susan Righetti.
Clarence and Rosalie Minetti, along with Rosalie’s cousins Richard and Jean Maretti, established the Far Western Tavern in 1958. The Far Western Tavern is now owned by three generations of the Minetti family. The original restaurant in Guadalupe closed permanently on October 7.
The Minetti family enlisted Halsell Builders to carefully catalogue the entire contents of the original restaurant prior to the move, and sought to incorporate as many existing elements as possible, including the signature antique mahogany bar that has long served as a community gathering place. Like the original restaurant, the new location beckons guests with a signature Far Western Tavern marquee. The interior layout is similar as well, with a welcoming bar, separate dining room and upstairs banquet room. Approximately 95 percent of the materials used in the new building were locally sourced by head contractor Berto van Veen.
Said third-generation co-owner Renee Righetti-Fowler, “We are pleased with how the new location reflects the distinctive spirit and ambiance of the original restaurant. We all grew up together as a family at the Far Western Tavern. Many of our customers have also enjoyed special meals and celebrations at the Far Western Tavern over the decades. We wanted to honor those memories by creating a familiar sense of place and community in the new building.”