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.

A wooden faux wall with a sign that says "Brocmar Smokehouse"

Brocmar Smokehouse

Brocmar Smokehouse has announced that they have closed their Shillington Farmers Market location. According to an August 24 Facebook post, they were unable to come to terms on a lease renewal for their stand. They also announced, however, that they will be selling bottles of their sauces and spice rub. And they are also looking for a new location.

Again from all of us to all of you, we are sending a big ol hell yeah well actually a YeeYee and we can’t wait to see y’all again real damn soon!!

Brocmar Smokehouse Facebook, August 14

Dee Dee’s Diner

Dee Dee’s Diner closed in early August, citing decreased revenue because of COVID-19 and high overhead costs. The restaurant was located in the former JA Buffet along Route 61 in Shoemakersville. The buffet still owns the location and, according to the owners of Dee Dee’s, were unwilling to be flexible on rent.

It is with the heaviest heart and a very emotional state that we have to say goodbye..We cannot survive due to COVID restrictions and The landlord(JA BUFFET OWNER) not working with us In this hard time… Sales have been down considerably and without the revenue we just cant continue to do it anymore

Dee Dee’s Diner Facebook, August 7, 2020

The Den by Sly Fox

The Den by Sly Fox took over the cafe space at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in October 2019. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic closed the Goggleworks to the public in March. Though the arts center has reopened, it is in a modified manner with private tours and no public hours. In July, Sly Fox announced it would not reopen “The Den.” Sly Fox fans can still visit the brewery’s Wyomissing location.

“We have decided that we will not continue to operate the location at the GoggleWorks due to the increased cost associated with operating a restaurant in a post COVID world,” said Sly Fox founding partner John Giannoppulos.

Sly Fox Press Release, July 8, 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