Restaurants reopen after renovations, rebrandings

ViVA opens Castle Pub at Reading Country Club

The new ViVA Castle Pub at Reading Country Club is now open. The refreshed restaurant opened on Monday under new management. It was announced over the summer that ViVA would take over as the official caterer of the Reading Country Club, replacing Chef Alan’s which had operated the site. In addition to regular dinner service, the restaurant is offering Sunday brunch in the Grand Ballroom and a hot and cold lunch buffet on Wednesdays.

Folino Estate Italian restaurant and winery opens

Folino Estate, the combination Italian restaurant and winery, is now open. The restaurant held its soft opening last week, and will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 18, according to an article in the Nov. 11 Reading Eagle. The restaurant, located on Old Route 22 in Greenwich Township, is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday with Sunday brunch and lunch service.

Willoughby’s readying for reopening

The renovated and rebranded Willoughby’s on Park is set to open next week, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The restaurant, formerly Willoughby’s Bar and Grill, will be a fine dining, upscale steakhouse. An exact date for the opening has not yet been announced.

Van’s Cafe opens in new location

After several delays, Van’s Cafe is is now open in its new location. The West Reading restaurant moved one block west to 504-506 Penn Avenue. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in August, but renovations on the former shoe store took nearly three months longer than expected. Van’s officially reopened last Wednesday, November 11.

Haute Chocolate is now Dolce de Zabala

Now under new ownership, the former Haute Chocolate in West Reading is now known as Dolce de Zabala. According to an article in the November 6 Reading Eagle, the name change reflects a change in ownership to pastry chef Johanna Zabala, who will also serve as pastry chef for the new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

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