Renfrew Restaurant with Quality, Quantity & Taste


Our Story

Most locals know about us already; but for those who don’t or want to hear a restaurant story that spans over 30 years, then get your coffee and sit down for a read.

Coco Jarry’s began as The Cosmopolitan Restaurant, at the very latest in 1964 (see image for a peek into the past). It changed hands a few times before two Greek brothers, John and Chris, bought the restaurant in the 70’s where it became a local favourite, Jim’s Restaurant.

Nick Karavidas grew up in a small mountain village in Greece and immigrated to Montreal, Canada, when he was 10 years old. As soon as he could, he started working. Nick’s talents naturally lead him to the restaurant industry, where he’s been for over 40 years.

In 1984, destiny found him in Renfrew, Ontario, where he had saved enough money to purchase Jim’s. A year later, he invested in the property next door (a clothing store at the time) where he knocked out a wall, renovated it into pub and registered for a liquor licence.

Nick operated the restaurant & bar under Jim’s for several years until 1990 when he changed it to Coco Jarry’s, bringing a little tropical flair to Renfrew. Later, he knocked out another wall, built a bar on the restaurant side and connected the two, creating The Thirsty Parrot Cafe, Lounge and Cocktail Bar.

Coco Jarry’s Restaurant Now

It’s been over 30 years now that Nick’s owned and operated Coco Jarry’s. It’s changed a lot, besides the name, since the days when it was known as Jim’s.

Today, we have a newly renovated dining room (some have said it’s the most beautiful dining room in Renfrew), as well as the cafe where we have booths and a funky stain-glass mural promoting our “Thirsty Thursday’s.” In the lounge and bar, we feature a fireplace and comfy chairs to sit by while you sip on your hot drinks. And in the summer, we offer an expansive, attractive patio along the front and side alley to enjoy your cold drinks.

Keeping Up With the Times: Gluten-Free Menu Options

We’re also happy to say we’re keeping up with the times. Specifically, more guests are coming in making us aware of their gluten intolerances. On tap, we offer a gluten-free option (at the moment, Strongbow Gold¬†cider) and the kitchen is always happy to adjust menu items.

Come in and give us a try. Whether on your own, with a special someone or a group, we’ll do our best to please. And if you have a very large group, we’ve held seminars in our dining room, welcomed sports teams after their tournaments, and hosted a variety of special events, like stags and does, wedding receptions, anniversaries and charity events. Contact us¬†about your event.