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.


Exterior of Smokin' Brays BBQ

Smokin Brays
Hamburg

After five years at their Hamburg location, Smokin Brays closed its doors in March 2021. “Keith is retiring and I have been unable to find a cook to replace him,” was the reason stated on the restaurant’s official Facebook page. The building, including the restaurant and attached residence, are currently listed for sale.

Hi Everyone, unfortunately, this will be the last weekend for Smokin’ Brays BBQ. Keith is retiring and I have been unable to find a cook to replace him…We appreciate all your support this past 5 years and will miss you all. Thanks again for the wonderful memories!

Smokin Brays Facebook, March 9, 2021
Customer ordering at a counter with a sign that says Sunrise Grille

Sunrise Grille
at the PA Dutch Farmers Market of Wyomissing
Wyomissing

The Sunrise Grille at the PA Dutch Farmers Market of Wyomissing, which was listed as temporarily closed for several months, is now officially closed. The restaurant’s owners were planning to reopen in March 2021, but instead made an announcement that the restaurant would permanently close. The stand is currently open, and no replacement has been announced as of yet.

While we were in the process of trying to reopen this week, and have a new menu prepared for everyone to enjoy, we have been instructed by our financial advisors it would be in our best interest to simply not reopen our stand.

PA Dutch Farmers Market of Wyomissing Facebook, March 1, 2021

Penn Werner Hotel
Wernersville

Wernersville’s Penn Werner Hotel closed its doors at the end of February 2021. The current owners had been operating the restaurant for the past 17 years. While they will not continue at the Wernersville location, they will continue with catering and events moving forward. There is no word yet on what will happen to the restaurant space at the Penn Werner Hotel.

After 17 years, we have decided to sell the Penn Werner Hotel. Thank you to all of our valued customers, friends, and family for the continued support!

Penn Werner Hotel on Facebook, February 10, 2021

Queen City Family Restaurant
Reading

After 30 years in business, the Queen City Family Restaurant officially closed its doors on January 6. The closure was announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

After 30 amazing years the time has come for Queen City to say goodbye. We cannot fully express in words how much our customers and employees have meant to us. Many of you have become friends and some have even felt like family.

Queen City Family Restaurant on Facebook, January 6, 2021

The Restaurant at Boscov’s
Muhlenberg | Exeter Township

Boscov’s, the Reading-based department store chain, has announced that it is closing its six remaining restaurant locations including two in Berks County. The Restaurant at Boscov’s North (5th Street Highway) closed during the indoor dining restrictions and did not reopen. The Restaurant at Boscov’s East (Exeter Township) will close at the end of January, 2021. The news was shared via The Restaurant at Boscov’s Facebook page. The company also announced that the restaurant space would be renovated and integrated into the stores.

The effects of COVID-19 have been devastating to the restaurant industry this past year including the restaurants at Boscov’s. This has forced us to make the very difficult decision to close our six remaining Boscov’s Restaurants.

The Restaurant at Boscov’s on Facebook, January 5, 2021

Do you know of a Berks County restaurant that has recently closed? Let us know by emailing berkscountyeats@gmail.com.