Haute Chocolate in transition amid scandal
West Reading’s Haute Chocolate Cafe is undergoing a change of ownership. The Reading Eagle reported earlier this week that current owner John M. Zuwiala is being charged with aggravated indecent assault, open lewdness, indecent exposure and indecent assault related to an incident with an employee in March. Following the report, the cafe’s Facebook page was updated with a post announcing it is already under new management and undergoing an ownership change, with pastry chef Johanna Zabala transitioning into an ownership role in the coming months.
C&M Subs opens in Robesonia
C&M Subs has opened up shop in Robesonia. The sandwich place is located in the former Muddy’s Smokehouse BBQ location on Penn Ave. Muddy’s left the location in June after failing to come to terms on a new lease.
Van’s Cafe close to reopening
West Reading’s Van’s Cafe is close to reopening. According to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Van’s Cafe should be up and running in its new location by Halloween. The pho restaurant has been closed since June 22 when it began a move to a new location one block west. The cafe was originally scheduled to reopen in early August, but renovations took longer than expected.
Willoughby’s rebranding with renovation
Willoughby’s Bar & Grill will be known as Willoughby’s on Park when it reopens this fall. The restaurant’s website now redirects to WilloughbysonPark.com. The landing page simply says “Coming Soon! Opening Fall 2015. Check back for some new and exciting changes.” Renovations began to the building following Labor Day and the restaurant has been closed since.