Hello! I am Renee Cloyd, and I’m the dayside bartender at Rush Street Neighborhood Grill in Kingsport. I have been at Rush Street for 33 years now, and enjoy working and interacting with our guests. I started here as a server, and moved my way into bartending. After many years of working nights, I moved to the dayside. I love what I do there, and my customers have become a second family.
Rush Street started out as The Chicago Dough Company, in 1980. When Kingsport got “liquor by the drink” the restaurant changed it’s personality, and became Rush Street. It was really the only bar in Kingsport for a number of years and we developed a very loyal following. It’s been a challenging job, and one that I have excelled at. It has definitely kept me young at heart! Mike and Jerry have been great to work for and with! Jan and Genena, the other managers, help keep me sane when it gets really busy.
At Rush Street, we have regular customers that are our bread and butter. They have supported me through many of life’s stages. As a divorced mom of three, the job helped me to make enough to support us. On a personal note, I’ve been sober for 17 years, and still bartend every day. It wasn’t easy at first, but now it’s no problem.
Rush Street offers something for everyone. Sunday through Friday we have a lunch buffet, and Saturday we offer two for one burgers. We have lots of TVs in the bar area and always manage to find a ballgame, or sporting event for customers to watch. It’s a relaxed atmosphere; casual and friendly. During the week, we have a “regular’s happy hour” where we offer special reduced prices on certain drinks and offer free pizza to the guests. I would suggest you try a Long Island Iced Tea or a Top Shelf Margarita-two of my favorite drinks to make and my most popular libations!
Rush Street and bartending have been good to me for 33 years, and I hope to continue for many more!