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Come to the launch party for Chris Setterlund’s new book Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod

When: Monday, June 19

Where: The Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Time: 6 – 8 pm


Local author Chris Setterlund will talk about and sign his brand-new book
Restaurants of Cape Cod (coming out that day – June 19)!


Thousands of restaurants have come and gone on Cape Cod over the past century. Some, however, made an indelible mark. Bill and Thelma’s
was hugely popular with students from the 1950s to the 1970s, often packed with locals after sporting events and dances. Starbuck’s Restaurant in Hyannis featured the Chief Justice Warren Burger Burger and the Larry Bird Burger on its menu and boasted of the soup du jour, -We don’t know what it is, but we have it every day. Opinions differ on how the Reno Diner actually got its name, whether from a broken sign or a local appliance company. Author Christopher Setterlund details the history of the iconic establishments of the Cape, still fresh in the memories of patrons, complete with famous recipes.

Christopher Setterlund is a twelfth-generation Cape Codder whose roots go back to the second Mayflower voyage. After growing up on Cape Cod and working in the restaurant industry for nearly two decades, he has a wealth of knowledge as to what makes a legendary Cape Cod establishment. He is the author of the In My Footsteps travel book series featuring Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In addition to books, the author has contributed work to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Life magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, and the Travel Channel. Away from writing he is a WITS-certified personal trainer, runner, photographer and a lover of travel.

Local restauranteur, raconteur and radio talk show host Don McKeag will also be at the event. Don owned the famous Hyannis restaurant Asa Bearse House which is featured in Chris’s book. Don also played piano at Baxter’s restaurant for many years and will certainly have some intriguing stories of the historic Cape Cod restaurant scene!

Other past owners of historic Cape Cod restaurants are also likely to make cameo appearances throughout the evening.  Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is located at 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664.

For more information, please call Books By The Sea at 508-771-9100 or The Cultural Center of Cape Cod at 508-394-7100.