Melodie Symington at her new Odie's Deli at the Coffee Depot Train Station on K-Beach Rd
Melodie and Shawn Symington are the new owners of Odie’s Deli, “The Home of the Big Sandwich,” in Soldotna. It was Melodie and her husband who encouraged her mom to re-open the popular sandwich shop, “My husband and I decided that it would be a great business for our family as well. It was successful before so we decided to give it a shot,” said Melodie. Odie’s re-opened her deli where Coffee Concepts was formerly located across from Liquidation World on the Spur Highway over a year ago and has been so successful that Melodie and her husband have bought the business and opened a second location on Kalifornsky Beach Rd. at the corner of Poppy Lane. “We opened our second location where the Coffee Depot is located owned by Clark’s Espresso. They still have their coffee roaster in the back and we are located up front in the café section of the depot,” said Melodie. Melodie attributes her mom’s success to the freshly baked bread and ingredients that they use for their sandwiches, “We make all our bread fresh every morning and bring it over here with all the toppings. We love the café with all its model trains and decorations. It’s really a cute place to have lunch. Of course this summer the Clark’s will be running their train just like they always do.”
In addition to all of Odie’s favorite sandwiches Melodie says she’s working on some creations of her own, “I really like pesto, so I’ve been playing around with some different pesto flavors. Here at the new location we have a Panini machine that we’re using to come up with some new flavor creation sandwiches,” said Melodie. The new location at the Coffee Depot is open for lunch from 11:00am - 2:00pm with entrance and parking at the rear of the building facing K-Beach Rd. “We’ll probably expand the hours as summer comes, but right now we’re just open for lunch, soda fountain drinks, cookies and the coffee bar.”
Melodie and Shawn don’t plan on changing the name to anything like Mel-Odie’s in the future, “No, we’ll just stick with Odie’s. It’s a pretty well-known name and for a very good reason.” Odie, meanwhile, is still around in an advisory capacity and has moved her “Bead-It” business and gift shop next to Sourdough Sal’s on the Sterling Highway, where her other daughter Christy and her husband have opened a book store in the loft.
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