A Chipotle boom is taking place in the 42Freeway area, with another one proposed for Blackwood-Clementon Road, at the site of the former Denny's Restaurant. The Denny's building would be demolished to make way for a new building, which will have space for a future second retail client.
The locals have been eagerly waiting for this one… the Mile Bar in Runnemede on the Black Horse Pike opened for business today, and their own social media posts are already bringing in the crowds! Even with basically no advertising or word-of-mouth, all three dozen parking spots were taken and I had to park a little bit up the street. The bar takes over the Antionetta’s location which before that was known as Freddy’s.
42Freeway broke the story on the bar taking on new ownership back in March (St Patrick’s Day, to be exact!), and we got most most of the story right. Well… nothing was wrong. we just missed the full ownership picture. So from their own “About Us” page on Facebook… the experienced and known business partners are:
The Mile is a pub and kitchen created by Ed Donohue (Former owner of the Irish Mile), Dave Welsh (owner of the RunningCo. of South Jersey) and the former eatery Apron, from Haddonfield, NJ
The new and improved bar supports 36 taps, and the owners have really put a lot of effort into bringing in locally brewed beers from places such as Tonewood, 13th Child, and Cape May. Their facebook posts over the last 5 months have shown their tour throughout South Jersey, working on deals to to find the best variety of beers.
While I definitely visited the spot when it was Antionetta’s, it was not enough to remember all the details… but it seems The Mile has:
- Made the bar larger, filling the wall bump-out so that the bar is T-shaped and seats about 50 people
- Made the restrooms much larger, reducing the bar area dining room. (and making those seats and tables higher)
- They still have the separate side dining room, for a quieter dining experience.
I tried a couple beers from Tonewood, and the mozzarella sticks. Both were delicious (had dinner plans with the Misses so I couldn’t go overboard!).
I look forward to coming back with friends to check out the spot more thoroughly… maybe put it into the Thursday Night bar rotation!
The Mile Bar – Runnemede, NJ
212 N Black Horse Pike
Runnemede, New Jersey 08078