ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - APG's historic Top of the Bay reopened Nov. 28, just in time for the holiday season.

The installation's premier restaurant, catering and conference center underwent extensive renovations that fused the facility's old-world charm with today's modern technology.

"We have a lot of pride in the fact that the facility is now period correct. It's like walking into an elegant old-Hollywood era at historic Aberdeen Proving Ground, but with the most updated of today's modern conveniences, " said Linda Edwards, Chief of the Family and MWR Business Operations Division.

"We managed to maintain the look and feel of the original structure, so it is historically elegant, yet we're able to satisfy our customers' technological requirements for conferences and training events."

Improvements include video teleconferencing, infrastructure upgrades, commercial elevator, carpets, furnishings, fixtures, and custom moldings, along with many other special touches. Historic artifacts from the local area are also on display. "The Top of the Bay is going to be the hub for the APG family to come together to celebrate and share camaraderie. This will be the heart of the APG community," said Teri Hall, Manager of Top of the Bay.

Hall said customers who are familiar with the former Top of the Bay will be pleasantly surprised by the transformation, but can look forward to a quality dining experience.

"Much of the $3.2 million project can't be seen - its behind the walls and above the ceilings. But the cosmetic improvements recall the classy era of the 1930's," said Col. Orlando Ortiz, APG Garrison and deputy installation commander.

In addition to the newly reopened lunch services, the Top of the Bay will host post-wide activities, offer full catering services, and serve as the ideal spot for impromptu get-togethers.

Menu options include hors d'oeuvres, an expansive salad bar featuring fresh fruit and vegetable selections; local favorites such as carved beef, ham and turkey and seafood entrees; and full bar services.

"The scenic Chesapeake is a beautiful backdrop for any event or special day, so we're looking forward to hosting events on our patio overlooking the water," Hall said.

The reopened facility will be able to accommodate holiday celebrations, retirement parties and luncheons, organizational conferences and meetings.

Daily lunch hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to see the renovations firsthand during the facility's grand
opening celebration Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Top of the Bay or renting rooms for an event, contact Teri Hall at 410-278-3062, teri.s.hall@us.army.mil or visit http://apgmwr.com/community/totb.html#2.