Stan Swierzewski, owner of The Rusty Nail bar & Grille in Stowe, wasn’t happy with the management at his popular bar. Rather than let the restaurant continue operating below his expectations, Swierzewski, a Massachusetts-based urologist, chose to close it last April.
His next step was contacting Kate Wise and Tiffany Parsons, who had both worked at at the nightclub for years. In fact, Wise says she started working at the Rusty Nail at age 13.
Wise and Parsons became Swierzewski’s new management team — and now, says Wise, following months of labor, the Rusty Nail will reopen on November 27. The new managers have done major remodeling with the help of dedicated staffers. “[Our] bouncers are [our] carpenters,” says Wise of the refurbishing crew.
The bar’s old trademark was its happening music scene, which Wise hopes to revive as she books bands for this winter. “We’re putting together as much kickass stuff as we can,” she says.
Wise is also planning a rib-sticking new menu of pub grub and comfort food. Scotch eggs, fried pickles and weekly mac ’n’ cheese specials will be sure to keep slope bunnies warm as they watch ski movies on the big screen. Other “meat-on-your-bones” options will include homemade chicken pot pie and Yankee pot roast.
With luck, the new team will nail the winning après-ski formula.