by Eric Neil Pitsenbarger
Wondering how the acclaimed Café Beaujolais got its start? Find out in this charming memoir by the son of Café Beaujolais’ original owners, Gerald and Ellen Pitsenbarger. Told from the perspective of a closeted adolescent, this memoir is a revealing and humorous account of a complex family story, intertwined with the creation of a renowned French restaurant. Pitsenbarger captivates readers with tales of rustic 1970s Mendocino: eccentric old-timers and hippie new-comers, ingenious tourists, and demanding movie stars. The story reveals a dark family secret and the search for love; it is as much a celebration of community as it is the origin story of the legendary restaurant.

Duende Press, 2023