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See You at the 7 - Stories From the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House

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Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Cultural Center Literary Series presents

See You at the 7 - Stories From the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House

Book Talk and Food Demo with Vanessa Garcia, author and owner of the 7 Mile House

See You at the 7 is the story of 7 Mile House, the Bay Area's last original mile house. Originally established as a toll gate in 1858, it evolved from a saloon, to an infamous gambling den, to the popular local watering hole it is today. The book captures the struggles and triumphs of a family-run, bootstrapped bar, and includes meaningful insights and anecdotes from longtime patrons.

In 2004, Vanessa Garcia purchased the 7 Mile House, a dark dive in the outskirts of Brisbane and “in the middle of nowhere,” unaware of its history, the countless stories contained within its walls—and that, for the better part of the last 160 years, it was home to thousands of locals and travelers of all colors and persuasions.

Vanessa’s first realizations that the place had any historical importance was a faded photograph of the bar, attributed to the late 19th century.

Who were the people in the photo? Were their descendants still alive? And how did Albert Flynn, from whom she had bought the restaurant and who people said had worked for notorious bookmaker Ronald “The Cigar” Sacco, acquire it?

Over the years, Vanessa tried—unsuccessfully—to piece together fragments and information about her restaurant, to fill in unanswered gaps and mysteries about 7 Mile House, while indefatigably breathing back life into her fledgling business.

It was a fourteen-year long journey that culminates this year with 7 Mile House’s 160th anniversary and the launch of Vanessa’s self-published book “See You At The 7 - Stories From the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House.”

See You at the 7: Stories From The Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House is the winner of the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards in the "Biography Historical" category. The book also received an honorable mention as an Indie Excellence Award finalist in the “New Non-Fiction” category, and was a finalist in the International Book Awards “ History: United States” category. Now available at www.asiabookcenter.com

About the owner, Vanessa Garcia:

Vanessa Garcia, originally from Manila, Philippines, was a drummer, backup singer and original member of the Philippine-based all female pop-rock group 'Prettier Than Pink'. In 1996 she moved to the US, and graduated from Golden Gate University with a Masters in Science degree in Public Relations (1999) and worked as a PR consultant for technology companies such as Sun Microsystems and Sybase. Using only her music and PR background, Vanessa took over 7 Mile House in 2004 and turned it into an award-winning family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue. She is also a pioneer of the Filipino food movement in the Bay Area, introducing dishes like adobo and sisig to the menu, which quickly became the restaurants most popular dishes. Vanessa recently wrote and self-published the book See You at the 7 - Stories From the Bay Area's Last Original Mile House, positioning herself as the historian and guardian of 7 Mile House.

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