This morning’s TV news carried a story about the Tom Sawyer Diner in Paramus, NJ having been destroyed by fire last night. If it’s the work of Tommy The Torch, he is certainly getting around a lot nowadays!
He’s a really nice guy and pours a great drink and his 16oz strip steaks are more like 22oz but I sure wouldn’t want to be his insurance carrier.
Sounds like a guy that you may or may not want to hire. Just a thought. Chow Jim
I know a barkeep in my neck of the woods that has had 3 of 5 or 6 places burn. Now that is some track record.
UncleVic, was your ‘toast’ post an honest mistake or a deliberate pun? [8D]
Perhaps some people do set fire to businesses for insurance.
But my grandfather had a general store in the country for over 50 years, and
a fire put him out of business.
Let me tell you, insurance money never pays enough for what you’ve lost.
The smell a place has, the particular places regulars sat, unique and treasured
memorabilia, and the secure feeling of a home away from home is all gone.
Add to that his accounts which showed who he has given credit to until payday or
til they had better days, which many people failed to remember how he carried them
through their bad times.
I don’t mean to be a downer, but we’ve become so cynical about each other.
Why do we look at a tragedy and wonder how much money someone is going to make out of it?
MilwFoodlovers, thank you for your voice that restored some dignity to this post.
Post he was refering to has become "Toast".
MFL is right, several posts got carried away with off topic political commentary. I deleted those.
MilwFoodlovers, your point is? I sure missed it.
Boy! with all these fires and closeings being anounced the site administrators should start an obituary thread. Chow Jim
Sammy had a candy store
Business it was bad
Asked his wife for advice
This is what she said.
Take a little kerosene
Spritz it on the floor
Take a match, make a scratch
Candy store, no more, no more.
Sung to me by my grandmother, many, many, many years ago.
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I was thinking along the same lines. It is entirely possible that "Tommy the Torch" was hired by restaurant owners who needed money for some reason or other. Of course, all of these fires could be coincidental, but…
Not casting doubts on any of the establishments mentioned here, but when I was growing up in R.I. these types of "lightning strikes" were very common. Frequently they followed divorce, a bad partnership, failure of a horse to come in as expected, etc. As the recession and oil crises of the early 70s built they became even more common.
IMO as the economy continues to tank (and the administration ignores existing and looming crises) we will see more small businesses, mostly restaurants but also other "flammables" such as auto repair shops going up overnight.
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