Country Cove burns down

By Andrew Nash
Pittsburg Morning Sun – May 8, 2015

Photo by Andrew Nash.

Photo by Andrew Nash.

The Country Cove, a club/restaurant remembered well by many in the county, burned to the ground early Friday morning.
At roughly 1:30 a.m., Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a structure fire at 1198 E. 620th Ave. in Mulberry. By the time officers arrived, one of the more lively scenes of the past was fully engulfed in flames.
The structure, abandoned several years ago, had no utilities hooked up and has been declared a total loss.
Arma, Frontenac, Mulberry, Baker Township fire departments and Crawford County EMS were sent to the scene.
Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak said fire marshals have been called to investigate the fire. He said that there were no indications yet if the fire was suspicious.
“The timing of it was, certainly. It was scheduled to be demolished within the next month. So that’s kind of odd, but at the same time, it’ll take a while to determine if there’s any reason to find it suspicious outside of that, just due to the size of the building and basement involved,” Peak said.
Attempts to contact the owners of the building were unsuccessful by press time.
County Commissioner Tom Moody, in whose district the Country Cove resided, said that he remembers the 1950s and 1960s style of “The Cove.”
“It was a private club, and you have to have a membership. I never saw anything like it, but they had little lockers in a room by the front door, and that’s what you’d put your bottle of booze in. It was bring your own booze,” Moody said.
Although the years have caused their effects on The Cove, Moody said his memory remains sharp about the food that was served.
“I just remember how good the food was. You’d go there and get fried sweetbread, which is a gland out of a calf’s neck. I remember they had really good pizza, too. I can’t remember what I ate yesterday, but I remember that,” he said.
Moody recalled the history of the club, starting in the ‘60s and ‘70s as a high-end club/restaurant, and stretching through ownership by Kenny Laird in the 1980s. He also recalled a well located inside the building that drew his attention in Moody’s younger years.
“My fondest memories are going to wedding rehearsal dinners or just get-togethers there. The stuff on the walls were related to the ‘50s and ‘60s. I’ve been through every room in that place. It was really a unique place,” Moody said.



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