Boehringer’s Drive-In Damaged in Fire

Boehringer’s Drive-In, one of the area’s most popular summer stops, is closed for repairs after a fire ripped through the kitchen in the early morning hours on Sunday, May 18. The Adamstown drive-in, which opened for the season on  March 29, is expected to be closed for approximately six weeks, according to a report on WFMZ. The drive-in has been serving area patrons for more than 70 years.

Austin’s Owners to Open New Restaurant

The owners of Austin’s Restaurant and Bar in Spring Township are planning to open a new restaurant in the former Seafood Shanty in the nearby Broadcasting Square Shopping Center. The new restaurant, to be called the Coastal Grille, is expected to open in September, according to an article in the May 16 Reading Eagle newspaper. The Eagle reports that the owners have invested around $1 million to renovate the space. Coastal Grille will be fourth restaurant to open in the building, which previously housed Uno Chicago Grill, Mason’s Chop House and, most recently, Seafood Shanty.

Kempton Pepper Jam Debuts This Weekend

The first annual Kempton Pepper Jam is set to debut this weekend. The event, which is being promoted by the owners of the Penn Werner Hotel in Wernersville, features live music, craft beers, wineries, craftors, food vendors, and of course, hot peppers. Saturday at 5 p.m., eight brave souls will compete in a Pepper Eating Contest, where they will be challenged to eat progressively hotter peppers, from jalapeno to serrano chili to tahi bird chili to habanero. The Pepper Jam is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 years and younger are free.

Restaurant Week Continues

The Greater Reading Independent Restaurant Association’s annual spring Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, May 25. Many of the GRIRA member restaurants are offering special menus with two- and three-course prix fixe menus. Click here to view a list of participating restaurants, and be sure to support local Berks County businesses.

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