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taurants since she was 19 years old. She is a high school
English teacher by trade-having taught 15 years around
the world. But she kept coming back to restaurants. Five
years ago she moved to Floyd after reconnecting with-
and then marrying-an old high school friend. Once in
Floyd, Lynch started gardening and picking up shifts at
a restaurant called Oddfellas. The restaurant went up for
sale at the same time Lynch and her husband were looking for a building downtown they could purchase. With
Lynch's years of restaurant experience, buying Oddfellas
seemed like a natural fit.
In changing Oddfellas to Oddf3llows, there were several things Lynch knew she wanted. First, she insisted
her friend, Sterling Steffens, be her chef. Second, she
wanted to revamp the upstairs bar, named appropriately, the Oddbar. Finally, she wanted her restaurant to
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be undergirded by the same three guiding principles as
their Odd Fellow neighbors: friendship, truth and love.
Lynch, whose restaurant expertise is primarily frontof-the-house, says she relies on Steffens completely with
the food.
"I give him full reign in the kitchen," she says in explaining the eclectic, Southern Fusion style of the restaurant's menu. "He wanted to make Oddf3llows an
adventure, so it all comes back to how every part of
Oddf3llows is an experience in this direction."
With his fine arts degree in sculpting, Steffens takes
presentation of his foods very seriously. He also controls
the menu, changing it seasonally to reflect local offerings. "I would say we are 'locavore'," explains Lynch,
when describing their commitment to buying from local
sources as often as possible. Lynch also brings in organic

Fine Local Dining
One might describe
the locavore dining
at Oddf3llows as "an
adventure."

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