SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: Montauk Tango Book Review

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Montauk Tango Book Review

After the events of 9/11 all but destroy their Tribeca loft in New York City, Lewis and Tracey Gross and their three coming of age sons relocate to their summer home in Montauk in the East Hamptons. Tracey loves to cook and has always dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Their goal is to turn a run-down ice cream parlor into a functional restaurant that serves substantial honest fare. Montauk Tango provides an account of this family's journey to restaurant ownership, from the purchase of the property to its renovation and eventual opening in a seaside summer retreat. Author Lewis Gross believes 668 the Gig Shack, a Bohemian bistro, will be an immediate hit. But opening weekend is a disaster. Unfortunately, some of the locals don't want to see their fish turned into tacos or fishnets worn as stockings. Novices in business, they encounter many setbacks and a conspiracy by some of the locals to put them out of business. With a touch of humor, this real-life story accounts the stresses of opening a family restaurant business, weekend fatherhood, and an attempt to teach tango dancing to the local surfers and fishermen.

This book was funny and yet sad.

After dealing with the tragedy of 9/11, Tracey decides she wants to stay in the Hampton's with her sons and make a go of a dream she has had. She wants to start a restaurant.

With the help of her silent partner (her dentist husband Lewis) her dreams come true in the form of an old ice cream parlor/bar.

While Tracey deals with all the issues to open a restaurant, Lewis stays in the city working as a dentist and traveling to the Hampton's on the weekends to help her.

The trials and tribulations that the family goes through to become successful seasonal restaurant owners is funny and so very true.

I found Lewis' writing to be entertaining and page turning. You can't wait to read the next problem, and find out if the family has a happy ending!!

*All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post. I was given a copy of the book listed above for my review thanks to Lewis Gross*

1 comment:

Glynis said...

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This sounds like a book I have to read.

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