Berks Food News: Long-time restaurant closes

Risser’s Family Restaurant closes

Risser’s Family Restaurant in Stouchsburg has closed its doors after 35 years in business. The news came last week via an article in the Reading Eagle and comes on the heels of the passing of namesake owner Ernie Risser in early September. The business remained open temporarily, closing on September 26 for a family vacation, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. However, the restaurant never re-opened as planned on October 6. While Risser owned the business, the property was recently sold at sheriff’s sale and the new owner has a for sale sign on the property.

Growing up in nearby Robesonia, I grew up on Risser’s food. I wrote about their Pennsylvania Dutch specialties earlier this year. Hopefully a buyer can be found that will reopen the site as a restaurant.

Toast Cafe looking at Berks County

In another recent Reading Eagle article, it was reported that the Toast Cafe, a small chain based out of North Carolina, is looking to expand with a franchise in Greater Reading. The restaurant’s primary focus is breakfast and lunch, with all four locations in the Charlotte metro area open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. One location, in Davidson, NC,offers dinner four nights per week. Though Reading has been tabbed as a potential market, the article stated that the company is still looking for a franchisee. You can learn more about the Toast Cafe on their webpage.

Festival season winding down

As the year comes to a close, so to does festival season. However there are still many options to experience a taste of Berks County before the end of the year. There are two festivals scheduled for this weekend: Friday through Sunday, the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual Greek Food Festival, and Saturday is the Fall Food Truck Festival at the VF Outlet. View our Food & Festival Calendar for more food-centric events.

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