All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that’s also the case for restaurants. Here’s a look at some of the Berks-area restaurants that have recently closed.

Bistro 614
614 Penn Ave
West Reading, PA 19611

Bistro 614, a mainstay in West Reading for 15 years, has closed. The restaurant made the announcement on Facebook on December 9.

This is one of the harder posts that I had to write. After 15 years in West Reading we have closed our Bistro 614. “THANK YOU” to all our loyal customers….. more accurately, our close friends. I will miss all those good times.

Bistro 614 Facebook, December 9, 2019

Pagoda Cafe
1049 Penn St
Reading, PA 19601

The Pagoda Cafe on Penn Street (not to be confused with the Cafe at the Pagoda) has closed. The Cafe was an extension of Pagoda Catering that opened in early 2019. The Cafe closed sometime at the end of 2019. The sign is still on the building but the word “Pagoda” has been covered up.

Talarico’s Sandwich Shop
427 E. Philadelphia Ave
Boyertown, PA 19512

Talarico’s Sandwich Shop in Boyertown has closed after 68 years in business. A letter hung in the door announced the closing, effective December 16. The letter reads:

To: Our Loyal Customers and Friends

Talarico’s Sandwich Shop will be closing down its business on December 16, 2019.

We want to thank all our valued customers, friends, and community for your loyal patronage, and support over the past 68 years.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Talarico Family

Dryville Hotel
110 Lyons Rd
Dryville, PA 19539

In November, the owners of the Dryville Hotel announced that they had sold the business after owning the country inn for the last seven years. According to a Facebook post, the business has been purchased by the owners of Liberty Taproom and Liberty Ale House. The new restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open in early 2020. Here is the note posted on Facebook, dated November 24:

Mary & Bub want to thank you for your patronage these past 7 years! We have enjoyed getting to know all you great people, but it is time for us to move on to our new phase of retirement.

We have sold the business to Tony, Greg & Sherry, owners of the Liberty Taprooms in Berks & Lehigh Counties.

We hope you will continue to stop by the Liberty at Dryville.

Bub & Mary

Dryville Hotel on Facebook

Hay Creek Snack Shack
310 E. 1st St
Birdsboro, PA 19508

The Hay Creek Snack Shack closed in early October as a restaurant. The owners made the announcement on Facebook, citing a desire to concentrate on catering. They also offered baked goods around the holidays. In the announcement, the possibility of reopening as a restaurant was left open, but for now, the Snack Shack is closed.

The BBQ Bully
1402 N. 9th St
Reading, PA 19604

A promising partnership between the BBQ Bully and Reverb has dissolved before it really got going. Dan Pronsky, owner of the BBQ Bully, says he still plans to bring his authentic BBQ to Berks County, but it will no longer be at the nightclub in downtown Reading.

Sandwich Shack
Fairgrounds Farmers Market
2934 N. 5th Street Hwy
Reading, PA 19605

Changes continue at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market as the Sandwich Shack closed earlier this fall. Renovations are already underway and a new, yet-to-be-announced stand will be taking its place very soon.