Vanessa Garcia

In See You at the Seven: Stories from the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House, 7 Mile House owner Vanessa Garcia reveals its humble beginnings, the notorious exploits of its early owners, and the heart and humanity of the people over the past 160 years.

Joined by award-winning editor Regina Abuyuan, the book covers astounding ground through hours worth of interviews with old regulars, employees, and historians. She traces its roots from 1858, when it began as a toll gate, to being an illegal gambling den and later becoming a melting pot of blue-collar workers. Alongside the never-before discussed history and photographs of Bayshore and Brisbane, 7 Mile House’s old denizens share personal stories both touching and amusing.

Vanessa Garcia started her career as a musician in the Philippines and later became a public relations specialist in the Bay Area. She took over the 7 Mile House in 2004 and transformed it into an award-winning family and dog-friendly restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue.