Clarenville land­mark de­stroyed by fire Thirsty’s Bar goes up in smoke

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial -

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.

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