OSCEOLA — A new restaurant is a way for a longtime businessman to “give back to the Valley.”
Owner Bryan Smith said the Rusted Nut Gastropub on Route 49 was conceived after owning and operating an auto dealership and body shop in Osceola for nearly 25 years. Smith’s love of cars and antiques is the obvious motivation behind the Rusted Nut’s theme.
Guests are greeted by an interior resembling a museum, each piece with a story. The carts hanging from the ceiling are from the Westfield Tannery. The filing cabinet serving as the base of the bar is believed to have been from the old condensery nearby. The steel door behind the bar is from the former Elkland elementary school. And the 1950s Texaco sign standing tall by the road is salvaged from Smith’s dealership.
Some of the items have been repurposed, such as the 1946 Dodge truck turned hostess stand, the truck’s bed used as a liquor shelf, ceiling lights made from old license plates, a Chevy truck tailgate transformed into the back of a bench and garage doors opening to outdoor seating. Smith said, “We made everything in here except the seats.”
“One of the driving forces was to get a place to display all this stuff I’ve collected over 25-30 years,” he added. “But really, it’s meant to be a fun and inviting place for the Valley.”
The Rusted Nut opened in early October…