Vagabond Knows Brews

The third Atlantic City restaurant venture of Kyle and Jane Williams is a burger-n-beer lover’s shrine. 

By Ray Schweibert

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There are 14 craft beers at Vagabond

Photo by Craig Billow

Kyle Williams comes across as a man who knows what he likes, does his damndest to go out and get it, and is not shy about saying things exactly how he sees them in a candid and straightforward manner. 

Take for example the menu description of one of the current 14 craft beers Williams has on tap at his latest restaurant venture called Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House — the third establishment he and his wife Jane share ownership of and, sited in Chelsea Heights a mere stone’s thrown from Bader Field and Surf Stadium, the first outside of Gardner’s Basin. The brew is called Arrogant Bastard Ale and is made by the Stone Brewing Company of California. 

“This is an aggressive beer,” he says. “You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an American strong ale of this quality and depth.”

That sounds like a challenge if there ever was one.

The California craft beer is among a constantly rotating batch of brews that Williams has been offering the Atlantic City area since early March, when he bought what for several years was a popular neighborhood haunt called Teddy’s West End Lounge. It would change hands a couple of times (becoming the Strand, West End Grill and Jonathan’s on West End) before Williams saw the opportunity to bring it full circle and give the locals quality pub fare at reasonable prices, and one of the area’s best selection of craft beers you’ll find outside of Atlantic City’s annual springtime Celebration of the Suds festival. 

“It’s a craft beer and burger joint, primarily,” says Williams, who also co-owns Scales Grill and Deck Bar (for years the Flying Cloud Café) and the Back Bay Ale House in Gardner’s Basin. “We’re mainly focusing on the draft because we don’t have too much storage, so we’re not going too crazy with the bottled beers.”

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