Practice makes perfect

Written by Scott Thompson and Jason England

WHAT do you do when your career is at a plateau?

Well, you open a small business of course! For Jason and I (Scott) it was an opportunity to invest in a future direction where we gained control of our career journey.

Echo Alpha Tango opened at The Junction on Truro in 2019 and we worked with other like-minded hospitality individuals to create something new and exciting for Hervey Bay.

When we opened, we did not have a complete grasp on what was involved with running a small business.

Countless hours were spent business planning while working and learning about the reality of running a business.

We gained an understanding of how well our skills complimented each other and began looking for a suitable location to create our next dream.

We had a goal to open a restaurant that encompassed our combined philosophy of fresh regionally sourced food and a comprehensive beverage menu delivered with knowledge and great service.

After a year of searching and evaluating we finally found a property that ticked all the boxes and set about creating our dream.

Odyssey was launched after a four-month project to establish a space that aligned with our vision to create a new dining experience for the Fraser Coast region.

We work directly with our farmers to obtain the freshest available ingredients that we personally collect from the farm each week.

Our fish is sourced from Tim, a local fisherman who delivers direct to the door.

We have other regionally sourced products and are always looking to find unique foods to incorporate into our menus.

We write our menu based around this concept of fresh seasonal availability and it changes from day to day.

We love the challenge of living our dream and acknowledge that it happened with lots of support from business professionals, families, friends, and an amazing team of hospitality staff.

Go on a culinary journey with Odyssey Bistro owners Scott Thompson and Jason England. You will find them at 4/341 Esplanade, Scarness. Visit