Thirsty Clam Welcomes Motorcycle Clubs With “Vests and Colors”

Thirsty Clam owners Rich and Nancy welcome all colors, vests, and Motorcycle Clubs.
Thirsty Clam owners Rich and Nancy welcome all colors, vests, and Motorcycle Clubs. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

SEBASTIAN – Many bikers have been searching for a new local venue after Earl’s Hideaway Lounge and the Tiki Bar & Grill banned patrons wearing “vests and colors” from their establishment; they might want to look north of Sebastian at the Thirsty Clam in Grant-Valkaria.

The Thirsty Clam is located just north of Micco in Grant at 5890 U.S. Highway 1. This is a Live/Raw restaurant with a bar where they provide friendly service.

Recently, the Sebastian Daily staff visited The Thirsty Clam for some seafood, and we were greeted immediately. In addition, the owner, Rich Schwarzbach tries his best to introduce himself at every table. We enjoyed the food.

Several bars and restaurants in Sebastian have taken a stand against Motorcycle Clubs. Some associations, including Veterans, are still welcomed, but the move to ban all “colors” has upset a lot of people.

While several establishments have banned Motorcycle Club “vests and colors” in Sebastian, including Earl’s Hideaway Lounge and the Tiki Bar & Grill, many bikers have been searching elsewhere.

“Colors” are the insignia, or “patches,” worn by motorcycle club members on vests to identify members of their club and territorial location. Many different groups have worn club patches since the 1960s.

The Thirsty Clam is located in Grant, north of Sebastian, on U.S. Highway 1.
The Thirsty Clam is located in Grant, north of Sebastian, on U.S. Highway 1. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

“Banning vests and colors won’t eliminate the problem just like tearing down statues or hiding them does nothing to fix that problem or change history,” Rich stated. “The problem is some folks just ain’t nice.”

Rich and his wife Nancy ride, unfortunately not as much as they would like.

“We have experienced no issues whatsoever at The Clam with the bikers that visit us, colors on or not,” Rich said. “Any problems we have seen have been caused by individual patrons and have been easily resolved. It was completely unrelated to any club or club activity.”

The Thirsty Clam in Grant offers a military discount.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and grew up living on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.