Clarenville landmark destroyed by fire Thirsty’s Bar goes up in smoke
Jack Duffitt couldn’t hold back the tears on Thursday morning as he watched flames engulf the business he started from scratch over 40 years ago.
Thristy’s Bar and Grill, originally known as the Cabot Club, opened for business October 11, 1956, and for the next 42 years it was a familiar landmark on the Clarenville waterfront. It was the setting for numerous awards banquet, Christmas parties and weddings.
The building, and its memories, went up in smoke Thursday morning.
Although his son Ralph took over the business in recent years, his father still spent quite a bit of time at the spot.
“It’s been there 42 years and I’ve been there just about every day, sitting down in the same spot, looking out the window, playing cards with the boys, having a beer.” There was insurance carried, but Ralph Duffitt hasn’t decided whether or not he will rebuild.
Jack Duffitt watches as the business he started over 50 years ago goes up in smoke. Thirsty’s Bar and Grill, also known locally as “Jack’s place” was a well-known landmark on Marine drive in Clarenville. It was destroyed by fire on Thursday.