SEA GULL

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 dhj@thinkinthemorning.com. 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 those who care.

Rebuild Part II: The New Sea Gull Restaurant

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...

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Fire Redux

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...

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Booze

Booze

  [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...

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Rebuild Part I: Fits and Starts

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...

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After the Fire

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...

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New Years 2017 Napkin Art Special

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...

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Cellar Bar Napkin Art Christmas Special

Cellar Bar Napkin Art Christmas Special

  Think in the Morning is not a fan of Christmas.  The Scrooge portrayed by Dickens in A Christmas Carol has always seemed a bit of a wimp to us, relenting at the end because of a few silly ghosts.  However, we know that we are likely at the eccentric end of our...

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Sea Gull Cellar Bar Remembered

Sea Gull Cellar Bar Remembered

  This article was copied from the Mendocino Beacon, December 1976, just after the fire that destroyed the restaurant.  Unfortunately a portion of the article was lost.  Otherwise, it appears as it was published in the newspaper.   Sea Gull Cellar Bar...

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Keynesian Economics and the Sea Gull

Keynesian Economics and the Sea Gull

[click on blue links for more information]   All you need to know about Keynesian economics can be summed up in one statement:  What goes around comes around. Several years ago, I came across a small isolated town and stopped for gas.  Being an economist, I...

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Special Thanksgiving Napkin Art Edition

Special Thanksgiving Napkin Art Edition

I first learned about San Pasqual, patron saint of cooks and shepherds, from my friends Gil and Lucy in Puerto Vallarta where I purchased the wood carving at the top of this post.  I will be writing a piece on Gil and Lucy soon.  There are many sources online that...

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Drunkards, Fools, and the United States of America

Drunkards, Fools, and the United States of America

Marlene Hall, the previous owner of the Sea Gull Restaurant, once told me that God protects drunkards, fools, and babies. Or, maybe it was my friend Judy Johnson. Actually, I think they’ve both used the phrase in my presence. A little googling revealed that a similar...

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We Cracked Pots Have A Sense Of Humor

We Cracked Pots Have A Sense Of Humor

  [click on highlighted links for further information]   When everyone is insane, ‘Tis folly to be wise (Paul Samuelson, 1970 Nobel economist rephrasing Thomas Grey)   If you can keep you head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you...

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