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 Road.
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 in business.
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 pub. 
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 since.” 
Back to basics
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 $1,950,000.
“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.”

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