For six months now, only the ghosts of the twinkling taps of
celebratory pint glass toasts, gin-fueled conversations and live
music have echoed through the Rusty Nail Bar and Grille on Mountain
The once-rocking landmark closed its doors in April, diverting
nightlife to watering holes such as Rimrocks Tavern, the Matterhorn
and The Shed.
But, by the end of this month, the legendary bar will be back
Under new management and in time for ski season, the Nail aims
to reclaim its stature as a top spot for rock ’n’ roll, good food
and good times.
“I was contacted by the owner, who asked if I would reopen it
and bring back the Nail,” said Kate Wise, newly hired co-manager of
The bar had slumped in recent years, but owner Dan Swierzewski
of KSK Properties LLC of Holyoke, Mass., says it’s time to get the
business back on track.
“It’s a great venue,” he said. “It appears that things are
picking up with the economy in general, so hopefully enough people
will get out and support it this winter.”
The bar began life in 1969 in a spot that is now the Gale Farm
Shopping Center on Mountain Road, and moved to its current location
at 1190 Mountain Road in 1990. That building burned down in the
mid-1990s; it was rebuilt in 1996.
Wise and another local, Tiffany Parsons, will be co-managers
of Nail 3.0.
“Kate basically grew up in the Rusty Nail over the years,”
Swierzewski said. “Her lifelong ambition has been to be in charge
of the Nail, and I think they’ll both do a great a job.”
Wise worked in the restaurant and eventually as a bartender at
the Nail, and says, “I planned on having this job ever
What does Wise plan for the bar?
“We’re just really trying to bring the focus back to local,
local, local,” she said.
The menu? “Creative bar food,” she said, with a price capped
at $15 an item.
The music? Centered on live bands.
The staff? That’s where Wise and Parsons are focusing. They’ve
worked in the trenches, bartending and dealing with customers, and
know what they want. “We’re going to make sure everybody has the
right attitude,” Wise said.
Wise thinks she and Parsons match up perfectly: “Her strengths
are my weaknesses.”
However, KSK Properties LLC still has the 9,532-square-foot
building listed for sale with Tucker Real Estate LLC of Stowe for
“We still are looking for buyers,” Swierzewski said.
But, rather than sit empty, the Nail will reopen the last
weekend of November, and hold a grand reopening Dec. 4.
“I think it’s going to be a great winter,” Wise said. “Having
this spot back in action is only good for the community.”