There will soon be a new fun and funky restaurant at the old location of Cafe Shi. http://www.facebook.com/OddfellowsAmes?ref=ts">Oddfellows Burger Kitchen is owned by Chris Patterson and will have its grand opening Monday.
Oddfellows Burger Kitchen is an American grill with a unique environment, with all kinds of antiques and pieces of art on the walls that add to the funkiness of the restaurant.
"Everything is made from scratch daily and we have a very unique menu, including our signature burgers," Patterson said. "Some of these burgers can only be found here, like the Oddfellow Burger, which is a bacon cheeseburger that is served on a doughnut bun, or the Presley Burger, a bacon peanut butter burger."
Patterson is an ISU alumnus who grew up in the Ames area and got his start as a dishwasher at the former Northwestern Steakhouse almost 30 years ago.
He has found success in the restaurant business throughout the country but decided a few years ago that it was time to come back to the Ames area.
"I wanted to open Oddfellows in Ames because I already owned http://www.facebook.com/pazzesco.chophouse">Pazzesco on the north side and this seemed like a great opportunity to give the Iowa State community a fun and funky restaurant," Patterson said.
Oddfellows has an eclectic atmosphere with vibrantly colored walls, lots of artwork and movie posters and gutairs with wings.
It also has a full bar with flat-screen TVs and a cocktail lounge where patrons can kick back and watch a game or take in the decor that covers the walls.