Old Rusty Nail Building

Two Macomb County Bars Make A Huge Switch on May 12th

The clock is running for a longtime bar of over 70 years on Groesbeck, “The Rusty Nail,” and is moving just about a half mile north up the street to start new memories on May 12th. This bar has hosted many local rock and roll bands from original to cover bands. And many years of being there for folks in need by hosting benefits. My band CHIT! has played many shows and benefits over the past 10 years there. One of my favorite places I loved to play. The wooden stage and drum riser made for a unique setup. Construction is finishing up on schedule.

Rusty Nail

The Future Rusty Nail


Patti Wagoner has always been a wonderful friend and bar owner of The Rusty Nail for over ten years is pulling the Nail so to speak and moving into, “Rayz Bar and Grill,” just down the road. Not an easy thing to do with so many memories the building has had but recent events gave her little choice for the club to stay where it’s been for so long. The bar itself has been there for as long as I can remember. My mother told me stories of her times going to the watering hole bar many times in the ’70s. I remember passing by as a kid and seeing lots of Motorcycles always parked there.

The Timeline is coming soon as May 6th the original  Rusty Nail will be closed and demolished. The New venue will be up and running on May 12th in the former Rayz Bar location which has already closed.

Rusty Nail Bar


News of the upcoming change to Rayz Bar made me ask the question, What was going to happen to owner Ray Srour? Ray explained the changes and told me, “It was time to retire but plans of a small corner bar might be still in the cards.” Ray has ran Rayz Bar for almost 10 years and just like the Rusty Nail has a plethora of great memories. Before Rayz the bar was the famous Wooly Bully’s Oldies bar. Ray Srour took that bar and completely gutted it and transformed it into a beautiful establishment. Kristen Bousquet, bartender, and close friend, and I shared a few tears at the thought of the closing of the bar. Kristen always took great pride in decorating for her favorite holiday, Christmas. We loved sharing Spanish coffees and smiles for many years. Look forward to where both Ray and Kristin’s adventures take them next.

Two Macomb County Bars Make A Huge Switch May 12th and a fresh new version of the Rusty Nail. Complete with a new Chef and food and beverage menu. Comedy nights will start up again with Knuckleheads Comedy shows on Friday nights, and Motor City Darts Tournaments every Saturday. The return of local music is also in the works. Keep tuned for more details.

Live Music

CHIT! Live at the original Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail

Local Bands

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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