Pourhouse American Grille closed; to reopen with new owners

The Pourhouse American Grille is closed for renovations. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the restaurant will re-open sometime in October under new ownership. The Pourhouse opened in August of last year in the former Tailgater’s Steakhouse on the corner of Pricetown Rd. (Route 12) and Blandon Rd. (Route 73). An exact date for re-opening has not been announced.

Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest named best in nation

The Reading Liderkranz Oktoberfest has been named the best Oktoberfest in the United States by USA Today’s 10best.com. The Liederkranz received the most reader votes of the 20 competing for the title. New Braunfels, Texas’ Wurstfest was runner-up followed by celebrations in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio; and New Ulm, Minnesota.

Francesca’s denied liquor license

Francesca’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, which is scheduled to open soon in the former Arner’s Restaurant on Howard Blvd., has been denied their application for a liquor license by Reading City Council. As reported in the official minutes from the September 28 meeting, Francesca’s was seeking to transfer a liquor license from Robesonia to the former Arner’s Restaurant on Howard Blvd. in Reading. According to the minutes, it was denied because of the “undue burden” that an additional liquor license would place on city police. The quota for the city is 29 licenses. Currently, there are 61 active licenses operating within the city limits.

Blind Hartman’s Tavern hosting Relay for Life fundraiser

Blind Hartman’s Tavern is hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday, October 7, to benefit the Relay for Life. During the Dining with a Cure event, Blind Hartman’s will donate 10% of all sales of food, non-alcoholic beverages and gift cards to the Exeter chapter of Relay for Life. A gift basket raffle will also be held with tickets being sold between 5 and 10 p.m.

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