Pub changes name after donation – The Rider News
By Olivia Nicoletti
New burger, new beer and potential new business. The Cranberry’s pub gained some personality over the weekend after the family of Paul and Beverly Muller donated $500,000 to Rider Athletics. In return for the donation, the university renamed “The Pub” to “Muller’s Pub”, and introduced a burger and beer bearing the family’s name.
The name change came after the Muller family contributed funds for the multimillion-dollar Rider Arena project, where Rider plans to transform Alumni Gym into a modern NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I facility. ), according to the university’s website.
On October 6, the family came to celebrate the pub’s new name, ringing in their burger and beer.
The River Horse Brewing Company, located in Ewing, created “Dr. Muller’s Revenge IPA” beer and the pub introduced Muller’s Burger which, according to the pub menu, is sirloin, short ribs and brisket, garnished macaroni and cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce.
Daniel Hamlin, a high school graduate and bartender at what is now Muller’s Pub, said: ‘The burger is a fun take on what I consider a barbecue bacon burger and adds a new dimension to pub food which did not exist before. The beer is good… It’s my favorite beer that we have on tap, that’s for sure.
Paul and Beverly Muller’s story at Rider doesn’t start here. These high school sweethearts both attended the Lawrenceville campus right after graduating. Beverly Muller went on for four straight years to graduate in 1971. Paul Muller was sidetracked by other plans in life, but eventually received an honorary degree nearly 50 years later in political science, according to the website of the University.
Their four sons are also Rider graduates: Paul Muller III ’92, J. Christopher Muller ’95, Thomas Muller ’98 and Mark Muller ’06.
Hamlin said: “I think the name change has definitely brought a lot more attention to the pub… We’re getting all the new merchandise and even have a new beer which is pretty good so I think the name will stick and be a great legacy for them.”
Zach Fernandez, a young finance and marketing student, echoed this by declaring his love for the new burger.
“It’s my favorite burger there… There’s a marriage between the ingredients there. We’re talking basic barbecue sauce, which is fantastic. Bacon on top of that, right there you have a rodeo burger. Now you add that macaroni aspect to it, it works wonders, it really does,” Fernandez said.
The Muller family all went to college and understand the importance of having a space dedicated to bringing people together.
Paul Muller said in the university’s press release, “I am delighted that my family’s name will forever be associated with such a happy and memorable gathering place for so many students and alumni.”