Sumner's Thirsty Marriner calls time

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 08/04/2014
The Thirsty Marriner
KIRK HARGREAVES

FOND FAREWELL: Pete Rathod packs up before leaving The Thirsty Marriner and its uninsurable building.

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Sumner's The Thirsty Marriner has closed it doors for the last time, leaving behind an uninsurable building.

Owner Pete Rathod said the decision to leave the Marriner, part of the Cave Rock complex, was a hard one.

However, since November the building had been uninsured, and was classified uninsurable.

Damage to the complex's basement was deemed irreparable by the building's insurer.

Rathod said that when his business insurance came up for renewal in a few months, it would not be continued.

The lack of insurance forced his hand and late last year he began to look for other premises.

Rathod said his lease at the Marriner came up this week and it was time to focus his attention on his new project - Sugarhorse.

The tapas bar and restaurant would open at the 100 Moorhouse Ave complex next month, and would be a stark contrast to the Marriner, both in style and menu.

Rathod was clearing out his stock and equipment from the Thirsty Marriner this week.

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