Mendo Bistro, a contemporary American Bistro that has been pleasing the palates of both locals and visitors alike for sixteen years, will be given away via a writing contest that launched on August 24, 2015 and will end on December 20, 2015. Ingest, Inc., owner of the popular restaurant and bar (located in The Company Store, a historic building in the heart of downtown Fort Bragg), is sponsoring the contest to enable a potential winner to acquire a coastal restaurant with minimal investment. The winner of the contest will also become the owner of Mendo Bistro's sister venue, Barbelow, a popular hangout with a full liquor license, located in the same building and on the level below Mendo Bistro.
Nicholas Petti, chef and owner of Mendo Bistro and president of Ingest, Inc., explains, “In 1999, I was able to open a restaurant on the Mendocino Coast with very little money because people believed in my vision. I would like to give someone else a similar opportunity to pursue their dream. I'm now a tenured professor in the Culinary Arts program at Mendocino College, and I welcome the chance at this stage in my life to give back to the community that has been so wonderful to me, my family and my staff."
Contest rules are posted at mendobistro.com/pdf/OfficialContestRules.pdf. Entrants must submit a 250 word treatise along with a $100.00 entry fee by December 18, 2015. Twenty entries will be selected for a final judging by a three-person independent panel. The submissions will be judged on: structure of entry (introduction, body and conclusion), creativity, evidence of relevant experience in running a restaurant, the reasons the applicant would be best qualified to take over a local favorite, and their vision for the future of the business. The contest is limited to 7,500 entrants. (Note: Employees, both current and former, of Mendo Bistro and Barbelow (Ingest, Inc.) and their family members are not eligible to enter.)
Recognized on a national level for its award-winning coastal California cuisine, the media accolades for the 88-seat Mendo Bistro include a New York Times "Where to Dine on the Mendocino Coast" item and a distinction by Sunset magazine as having one of the "Top 25 Recipes of All Time" (the ever-popular crab cakes). Additional accolades include a San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine inclusion, an AAA VIA Magazine reference, a California State Tourism Guide 2014 listing, and countless other media mentions. The restaurant has been a repeat first-place winner at both the Mendocino Crab & Wine Days Crab Cake Cook-off and the Mendocino Wine & Mushroom Festival.
Mendo Bistro is located at 301 North Main Street in Fort Bragg, CA. www.mendobistro.com,