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Customers and employees affectionately call it Blackfoot's "Cheers." While it has been through management and name changes through the years, the iconic gathering place recently renamed "The Nail" Sports Bar, is a place where everybody knows your name.
Local businesswoman Vicky Monserrat owned and managed the Rusty Nail beer bar for the past 17 years and recently turned over management responsibilities to Kip Wadsworth of Blackfoot. Monserrat, who still owns the bar, said she was rattled by the death of a family member this summer and was ready to throw up her arms and walk away when Wadsworth stepped in to manage the business for her.
Still keeping with the friendly, hometown flavor of the bar, Wadsworth changed the name and has added a lot of new touches including a beer garden, two additional TVs, and a new room for shooting pool. She also conducts pool and horseshoe leagues sports and community events and has live music.
"(Wadsworth) has done a great job," Monserrat said. "He's made a lot of positive changes to the place."
Old timers from the area will recall that the business, at 747 S. Broadway, originally opened in the 1950s as a restaurant called "Coffee Pot Cafe," well known for its steak and shrimp dinners. It later opened as The Pawnee (bar) until Monseratt took over the business in 1995.
These days, customers can watch their favorite sports event while enjoying a brewsky from the beer menu. It features brews such as Angry Orchard, DosEquis, Blue Moon and Red Bridge.
Always a topic of conversation with new and old customers at The Nail is the unique wooden bar top, custom designed by one of Monserrat's old friends. It features an eclectic collection of coins, knives, patches, belt buckles, spikes and other souvenirs, all placed randomly along the beautifully lacquered top.
Staff and management at the The Nail are looking forward to conducting dinners for Monday Night Football and are stepping up to help local woman Brady Meline, who has a rare heart disease. A Poker Run (along with raffles and an auction) will be held at the bar Sept. 29 starting at 11 a.m. to raise money for Meline's medical expenses. For more information on the fundraiser, call 208-569-2963.