The Phippens, on opening day. From left:
Ellen, Dick, Derek, Sheila, and owner Clark
Starlight Photo Gallery.
Welcome to the Grand Opening of the New Starlight Inn, located in the heart of the Hamlet of Winthrop, NY, just off US Highway 11 about 13 miles northeast of Potsdam. The New Starlight Inn is the namesake of the original Starlight Inn, a rowdy, flying-barstool establishment, fondly, and perhaps not-so-fondly remembered by the more seasoned New Starlight Inn patrons. Mr. Clark Phippen, owner of Phippen's trucking, and patriarch of the well-know Phippen clan of Winthrop, swung his doors open for business on June 19, 1998. I was there for the grand opening and snapped some photos of a wildly successful christening of the bar!
| Not having a bar
in a North Country town is like not having a drug store in a Florida retirement
community, so Clark Phippen, seizing an obvious money-making venture, built
his bar where the old Rufa's restaurant once stood. In just
a few short years, the Winthrop/Brasher Falls area has suffered the grievous
loss of three taverns, all to fire. The first to burn down was the venerable
Ward's Hotel, well known throughout the North Country as a great place to
eat, as well as drink. Next to go was the notorious Lil's
Tavern. Rowdier than Wards, Lil's attracted a younger crowd, and it was
the place for rock 'n' roll on a Saturday night. Three years later,
Rufa's Restaurant, a favorite watering hole for many years, burned
to the ground. Before Rufa's Restaurant, it was Ryan's
Restaurant, where on Saturday nights many of the locals enjoyed
refined and edifying entertainment provided by none else but topless go-go
girls. Finally, just last year, one of the last remaining bars open to the
public in the area, the Winthrop Bar, didn't burn down, but closed
its doors due to financial difficulties (now re-opened under new management).
So the next time you're in the Brasher/Winthrop
area be sure to swing into the New Starlight Inn for a
beer—you won't regret
it!—you won't regret it!