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!

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


  [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

After the Fire

  [CLICK ON BLUE LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION]   Many of the posts on this site are about the Sea Gull Restaurant and Cellar Bar in Mendocino during the 70s and 80s. This was a special time for many who lived in Mendocino at that time. They are now obviously... read more

Tre Piatti: Food and Art in Puerto Vallarta

  [please click on blue links for further information]   “Everything we do turns to shit in a few hours.”  James Larsen, owner, The Restaurant, Fort Bragg, CA     Tre Piatti is a regional Italian restaurant in the heart of the Zona Romantica in... read more

Muriel’s Raicilla

[click on blue links for further information]   “Long ago my grandfather used a Canoe to cross the bay from Pizota to Sayulita or to Vallarta to sell it.”  Muriel Castillon   I first tasted Raicilla in 2010.  I was spending a few days with my family at... read more

New Years 2017 Napkin Art Special

[click on blue links for further information]     First, a few facts about New Years: The date of New Year’s Day seems so fundamental that it’s almost as though nature ordained it. But New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any... read more