Reading and Berks County’s dining scene continues to grow and we are looking forward to trying all of the new restaurants set to open in the coming weeks and months. Here are the restaurants we know are coming soon to Berks County:

Cafe Esperanza
105 W. Greenwich St, Reading 19601
Projected Opening: March 2020

When it opens, Cafe Esperanza will be the area’s first pay-what-you-can cafe. The cafe will provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a chef-cooked meal with fresh ingredients while also providing job opportunities and creating a new neighborhood gathering place in northwest Reading. The cafe has announced that March 20, 2020 will be the grand opening date.

Casa Cortes Mexican Grill
39 N. 9th St
Reading, PA 19601
Projected Opening: Fall 2019

Casa Cortes Mexican Grill is set to open soon in downtown Reading. The restaurant, which takes over a space most recently occupied by Caridad Restaurant, started a Facebook page in June and is participating in September’s Berks County Latin Fest.

Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant
225 E. Penn Ave
Robesonia, PA 19551
Projected Opening: Winter 2020

Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant is on the move. The Robesonia favorite closed its location at 141 West Penn Avenue in July as it prepares for a move to a new, larger location on the other end of town. The new location at 225 East Penn Avenue is still being renovated. In December, Castaneda’s was granted a zoning variance from the borough of Robesonia to allow the business to operate without off-street parking.

Liberty at Dryville
110 Lyons Rd
Mertztown, PA 19539
Projected Opening: Early 2020

The Liberty at Dryville is the newest venture from the owners of the Liberty Taproom and Liberty Ale House. The former Dryville Hotel closed in November 2019, with the owners retiring and selling the business to the group behind Liberty. The new Liberty at Dryville is anticipated to open sometime in early 2020.

Mi Casa Su Casa Cafe
726 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA 19611
Projected Opening: Winter 2019-20

Mi Casa Su Casa Cafe, the popular downtown Reading restaurant, will be opening a new location in West Reading sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. The Cafe, which will be located in a former salon at 726 Penn Avenue, will be the third location for Mi Casa Su Casa, joining a stand at Shillington Farmers Market that opened last year.

Plaza Azteca
2101 Howard Blvd
Reading, PA 19606
Projected Opening: Winter 2020

Plaza Azteca has announced that it will be opening its second Berks County location at the former Francesca’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant along Howard Boulevard in Reading. Plaza Azteca already has a successful location in Wyomissing. The new restaurant will be the 43rd overall for the chain and the 11th in Pennsylvania. The Howard Boulevard location is still best remembered as the longtime home of Arner’s.

The West Reading Motor Club will open in fall 2019 in the former A to Z Vacuum in West Reading

West Reading Motor Club
416 Penn Ave, West Reading 19611
Projected Opening: Spring 2020

What many locals remember as the A to Z Vacuum store in West Reading was once a car dealership. Soon, it will be West Reading’s newest dining destination when the West Reading Motor Club opens. The restaurant, which is being opened by the owners of Say Cheese, also will feature a second floor bar called the Nitro Bar. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in fall, but the new target date is Spring 2020.

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