Odyssey World Cafe, a local favorite takes a new direction

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Odyssey World Cafe

Still serving delicious food and local connections as new owners take the reins

Odyssey World Cafe has been a local Paso Robles favorite for over 23 years. The cafe is a local hotspot for lunch and dinner as well as a favored downtown meeting place for friends, family and business meet-ups. New owners, Carmelo and Anna Rodriguez, who recently purchased the cafe from founders Dawn Gregory and John Hawley, are long-time players on the Odyssey cafe team. Well, actually, Carmelo as the cafe’s kitchen manager and chef for the past ten years is the longest player on the new management team. Anna has been helping manage the cafe since November when she and Carmelo took the reins.

“We were grateful to have the opportunity to benefit from the busy holiday season to start us out on the right foot. We just received our ABC license and escrow just closed. Officially, we are now the new owners!” said Anna.

Odyssey is still a place where locals gather for business lunches, book groups, birthday parties, bridal showers and popular spot for first dates! From lunch, afternoon coffee, wine and snacks, to dinner and dessert. The fresh casual kitchen menu has something for every appetite from soup, salads, stir fry bowls, tacos, Gyros, burgers, steaks, chicken and seafood, Italian dishes, sandwiches and wraps. Top off your choices with fresh brewed coffee drinks, local beer and wine and save room for dessert.

“Our menu boasts a favorite for every customer. We are proud of our grilled salmon salad, chicken picatta and each of our taco options offer a unique salsa that should not be missed!” said Anna. “For the past 10 years, Carmelo has helped curate the menu to what it is today and it is with his guidance that I know we will continue the tradition and success of Odyssey.”

Carmelo has been active in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 20 years. He emigrated from Guanajuato, Mexico in 1995 and has worked his way up through the ranks. Anna comes from a background of small family owned business and knows first-hand the satisfaction that comes from working for yourself, supporting employees and providing a service of which you can be proud.

The couple’s immediate plans include settling into ownership and taking the time to get their bearings. Benefiting from stepping into an already loved staple in the community the challenge is to meet loyal customer’s expectations and “work to surpass them with a renewed energy and dedication.”

“Carmelo and I both love serving quality, home cooked meals and sharing our home with those we love. We want our children to witness the fruition of hard work and to also be active players in this family dream,” said Anna.

Watch for the Rodriguez family touch to the small details that make a restaurant unique. Improving the quaint back patio and increasing outdoor seating so guests can enjoy the beautiful Central Coast weather are on the list. Carmelo will continue perfecting the café’s diverse menu and making each and every item your new favorite.

Odyssey World Café is now scheduling events and providing catering. Check the website for the event schedule. Call the restaurant between 9-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday to discuss your catering needs (805) 237-7516. Become an Odyssey World Cafe VIP! Join for free on the website and be among the first to hear about exclusive events, secret menus, special offers, discounts, loyalty rewards and more!

Odyssey World Cafe is located at 1214 Pine Street in downtown Paso Robles. The café opens at 11 a.m. daily and stay open until 8:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To view the menu, order online or for more information visit www.odysseyworldcafe.com or call (805) 237-7516.

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