CAMBRIDGE — Driving on Ocean Gateway in Cambridge, motorists will be greeted with a new addition at Ocean Odyssey Restaurant, an outdoor crab and beer garden.

The 35-foot by 20-foot space features refillable growlers of craft beer to go, along with seating to enjoy Ocean Odyssey’s selection of seafood entrees and craft beer. The patio has a new outdoor service window that will be serving crabs, craft beer, oysters, shrimp, wings and fresh fish and chips.

Ocean Odyssey celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce in September.

“We are very proud of our new addition with the outdoor crab and beer garden,” said owner Travis Todd, who is the third generation to run the family business. “We want to keep folks happy who come here and our area has beautiful weather so this gives folks a chance to enjoy the weather at Ocean Odyssey.”

The Todd family has been in the Dorchester County seafood industry since 1947 and in Cambridge for the last 27 years.

“Dorchester County and Cambridge has a fantastic seafood history,” Todd said. “This is something my family loves to do and wants to add to the great local history. Our business is really hitting its stride.”

The growlers were made possible by legislation passed in the Maryland General Assembly this spring. State Sen. Richard Colburn, R-37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Addie Eckardt, R-37B-Dorchester, introduced bills to change the state law that did not allow the selling and filling of growlers to go.

“We appreciate everything the legislators did for us,” Todd said. “People can pick up their craft beer here and take it home, or stay and enjoy some great seafood.”

About 100 people attended the September ribbon cutting.

“The outdoor crab and beer garden are a great addition to the community,” said Dorchester chamber Executive Director Deborah Divins. “Ocean Odyssey is another great family place Cambridge has to offer. We are thrilled to see the new features at Ocean Odyssey and look forward to the restaurant’s bright future.”

The outdoor crab and beer garden features a large mural of the 1947 crab factory, painted by Mike James.

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