The Sea Gull Restaurant was a popular hangout in Mendocino during the 1970s and 80s.  Lots of things happened there, good and bad. I knew sooner or later this would all be converted to words. On this page you will find stories, experiences, and reflections on my time at the Sea Gull. Pictures, articles, art, and more will be posted as they become available.  If you were an employee or customer during that time and have pictures or experiences you want to share, send them to me at Don’t expect this to be a foodie site. I might from time to time venture into the joys of mezcal or review a favorite restaurant or offer up a recipe that I’ve found tasty, but my primary purpose is to document some of the happenings at the Sea Gull during the 70s and 80s for the benefit of those senior citizens whose memories have been repressed. Enjoy!

A Few Things I Learned Running A Restaurant

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and further information]   … truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing.... read more

Keeping the Peace During the Holidays

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information.]   “The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.”  Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part One   “You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose... read more

Tell Me Again, Why Is It Called Happy Hour

  [Click on BLUE links for further information]   Dedicated to the Sea Gull Cellar Bar staff Don Andrews, Bob Avery, Dick Barham, Bill Bradd, Allison Browne, JoAnne Clark, Bruce Clawson, Terry Johnson, Nancy Cragin (Milano), Janet Morris, Becky Dodds, Gary... read more

Harold Robinson Revisited

  [Click on BLUE links for further information]   One of the enjoyable consequences of writing this blog is the comments I get. Of course, I also get a lot of spam. Since inception I have received on my website 2818 spam comments and 357 legitimate comments.... read more

Goodbye Bob Avery

  [Click on BLUE links for more information}     Bob Avery was many things to many people.  I knew him best as a friend, an artist, and a bartender.  We spent many late nights after hours in the Sea Gull Cellar Bar philosophizing.  Once, accompanied by... read more

My Ph.D. in Bussing Tables

  [Click on BLUE links for further information]   Reaching across table.  Grasping empty plate.  Carrying armfuls of dishes piled high, food scraps, silverware.  Vanishing.  Returning.  Cleaning table.  Setting up.  Next customer.  Invisible.  Ignored.... read more

The Coffee Shop

[Click on BLUE text to link to more information]   “We’re poets and we drink coffee!” (attributed to Roberto Bolaño in The Savage Detectives)   The word “coffee” appears 71 times in the The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño. It’s reasonable to think... read more

Rebuild Part II: The New Sea Gull Restaurant

NOTE:  All black and white pictures in this post are courtesy of  Mendocino photographer Nicholas Wilson.  Many of the pictures were only available in contact prints that were filed away years ago.  We did our best to make them visible.  Thank you Nicholas Wilson for... read more

Fire Redux

  Photographs of the Sea Gull Fire by David John Russell, courtesy of his son David P. Russell.  David P. Russell contributed greatly to this blog entry.  Think in the Morning appreciates his time and concern and advice.   The Sea Gull Restaurant and Cellar... read more

Jesus Mezcal and the Easter Bunny

  [Click on BLUE links for more information}       Capitalism and Christianity make strange bedfellows.  To anyone, especially any Christian, who doubts this I would say:  read some of Tolstoy’s essays such as My Religion.  Tolstoy had many faults... read more


  [Click on highlighted BLUE links for further information]   There are many jokes about alcohol and its effects, but at the Sea Gull Cellar Bar we treated alcohol with the respect it deserved.  The short video below depicts an actual scene that took place... read more

Rebuild Part I: Fits and Starts

  In my last post I provided a bit of the history after the fire that destroyed the Sea Gull in 1976.  The first weeks were consumed with clean up, planning, financing, architectural design, and obtaining the permits for the project.       I asked... read more