Monday, April 27, 2015

Cherry Hill's Top Dog becoming a beer garden

Craft Hall and Beer Garden is due to open in mid-April.

Cherry Hill's Top Dog becoming a beer garden

Top Dog, 2310 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, opened in 1999.
Top Dog, 2310 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, opened in 1999. Inquirer file photo

After 15 years, Cherry HIll's landmark Top Dog is reconceptualizing, ditching its sports bar/nightclub vibe in favor of a craft-beer bar with an outdoor beer garden.

New name: Craft Hall and Beer Garden

"We are going back to the restaurant life," said Bruce Waugh, who runs it for owner/founder Taylor Mills.

Work has been going on for some time during regular business hours, but the heavy work will begin in late March. Waugh expects a two-week shutdown. By April 17, renovations should be complete. The outdoor area is one of the largest in South Jersey.

Menu will include some German specialties, plus a raw bar.

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