Francesca’s sets opening date; Old San Juan location and opening revealed; more food news

Francesca’s to open March 23

Francesca’s Pizzeria & Restaurant will open for the first time next Wednesday, March 23. The announcement was made on Facebook last week. The new restaurant, located in the former Arner’s at 2101 Howard Boulevard in East Reading, has already posted their menu. It will include pizza, Italian dinners, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and more.

Old San Juan eyeing mid-April for second location

The second location for Old San Juan Cafe should be open by the end of April, according to a representative of the restaurant. Work is underway at the new West Reading location, located at 36 N. Sixth Avenue. The location, which actually fronts Reading Ave, was most recently home to Taste of India.

Chef Alan’s now managing the Abe Lincoln

The Abraham Lincoln Hotel’s food service is now under new management. According to an article in the March 12 Reading Eagle, Chef Alan’s is taking over the Abe Saloon restaurant and all catering at the historic downtown hotel. The new Abe’s by Chef Alan restaurant will celebrate its reopening on April 1.

New life for former Big John’s restaurant?

A new restaurant may be coming to the former Big John’s on Schuylkill Avenue, according to the March 10 Reading Eagle. The following appeared in a Reading zoning board brief:

Sonia Camacho for a variance for the relief of off-street parking requirements for a property at 1316 Schuylkill Ave. Camacho plans to renovate a mixed-used structure into a first floor restaurant, with two dwelling units on the upper floors.

Big John’s restaurant closed in 2012 when owner John Ulrich retired.

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