Posted: Oct 4, 2012 5:46 PM by Nikki Ibarra, KSBY News
Updated: Oct 5, 2012 6:36 AM
It's been a Central Coast icon for more than 50 years, and now the Far Western Tavern in Guadalupe will close its doors Saturday.
It will reopen in a brand new location in Old Orcutt in a few weeks.
KSBY's Nikki Ibarra took a tour of the new digs.
"Its just been kind of part of our lives growing up," said Mark Teixeira of Santa Maria.
Teixeira has been coming to the tavern for 30 years. "It's just kind of a neat atmosphere," added Teixeira.
Thursday was his last time at the Guadalupe landmark.
Teixeira said it's a place where many family memories were made. "I think the thing I would miss most about it is the location out here, closest to the fields, and a convenient spot to stop in and grab a bite to eat for lunch," he added.
For Renee Righetti Fowler, this restaurant is a part of the family. "We have lots of memories in that building and every major celebration in our family has been, has taken place in that building," said Fowler.
The restaurant was founded by Fowler's grandparents, Clarence and Rosalie Minetti, along with Rosalie's cousin.
Fowler said closing the doors for the last time on Saturday will be difficult. "We're looking forward to making new memories here in Orcutt and we'll never forget the ones that we have in Guadalupe and they'll always be very special to us," said Fowler.
Fowler said telling the tavern's dedicated customers about the move was hard. "It's very important for us to, for the people of Guadalupe, to know that we're not abandoning them. We're always going to support them. They've been so great to us over the last 40, 50 years," added Fowler.
But where the restaurant goes, the dedicated customers follow, like Mark Teixeira. "I just wish them luck in the new location because I know as a customer it's exciting," he added.
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