Forming their own small business has been a dream of Menemsha Abeyasekera '08 and Sanjeeva Abeyasekera ('08) for years. With their opening of restaurant <a href="https://www.facebook.com/serendibellsworth/" target="_blank">Serendib</a> in Ellsworth, Maine, this dream came to fruition.Forming their own small business has been a dream of Menemsha Abeyasekera '08 and Sanjeeva Abeyasekera ('08) for years. With their opening of restaurant Serendib in Ellsworth, Maine, this dream came to fruition. Credit: Jason P. Smith

When her mother-in-law came to Ellsworth from Sri Lanka to visit this past summer, Menemsha Abeyasekera was very nervous about having her try Love Cake, something her mother-in-law had made most of her life. Abeyasekera tried to be very faithful to the family recipe for the cake — a Portuguese-influenced dessert comprising nuts, semolina, spices and pumpkin, made with much affection by generations of Sri Lankan mothers.

“I was waiting for her to come and school me on it. But she liked it, thankfully,” Abeyasekera said. “And then she helped out in the restaurant the whole time. She was in here helping every day, doing dishes. It was so sweet.”

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