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.

Park Road Cafe

On June 28, the owners of Park Road Cafe in Wyomissing announced that they would be shutting down the restaurant and coffee shop. A Facebook and Instagram post cited the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in traffic to the business as the reasons for the closing. The post did leave the door open for a new venture in the future.

“We are taking some time right now to re-evaluate, pause and figure out our next steps. Thank you for being patient and understanding. Please stay tuned and connected with us…we hope to see you again sometime soon.”

Park Road Cafe, Facebook, June 28, 2020

Nori Poke Bowl & Ramen

Nori Poke Bowl & Ramen, a stand at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market since June 2018, is now closed. The owners made the announcement on Facebook on June 25. The stand had originally announced a temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The owners did leave open the possibility of opening in a new location in the future.

We are sad and sorry to announce that Nori will be closed permanently in fairgrounds farmer market. We will also be looking out for small retail space in surrounding area to move Nori into.

Nori Poke Bowl & Ramen Facebook, June 25, 2020

Flourish Coffee Shop
West Reading

West Reading’s Flourish Coffee Shop has announced its closing. The announcement was made on the restaurant’s social media on June 3. Flourish operated both a coffee shop and Flourish Behavioral Health in their Penn Avenue space, and the owners have announced that they will continue the behavioral health business but will be looking to move in the near future. The coffee shop occupied the former Cafe Bold on the southeast corner of Penn and Sixth Avenues.

exterior photo of the Pho House in Wyomissing

Pho House

Pho House in Wyomissing closed down its doors on April 27 after five year in business. With their lease ending at the end of April, the owners had announced the restaurant would be closing in a Facebook post on March 3. The space in the strip mall along State Hill Road remains without a tenant at this time.

Winedown Cafe & Wine Bar
West Reading

Winedown Cafe announced it was closing its doors on May 5 after 12 years in business along Penn Avenue in West Reading. Winedown hosted a series of pop-up bottle shops after the stay-at-home order was issued before announcing that it would not reopen once the order was lifted. The restaurant had previously expanded into a second storefront with the opening of the Whiskey Bar Next Door.

A view of the brick facade at the entrance to Fratello's in Reading

Fratello’s Bar & Restaurant

Fratello’s Bar & Restaurant closed its doors in early April, two weeks after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order was issued. Before the closure, the restaurant had begun a partnership with another city eatery Taqueria Los Rancheros to host weekly taco nights. Fratello’s opened in March 2019 after a multi-year delay because of an arson fire that damaged the Big Mill building in 2014. The building’s owners are currently seeking a new tenant for the space.