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.
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.
Irena’s Mexican & Italian Restaurant
10 W. Penn Ave
Wernersville, PA 19565
Irena’s Mexican & Italian Restaurant, which opened over the summer at the former A&M Pizza in Wernersville, appears to have closed. The building has been dark for several weeks now and their Facebook account has been silent since September.
Belly Kitchen & Drinkey
The Goggleworks Center for the Arts
201 Washington St
Reading, PA 19601
Belly Kitchen & Drinkery, which has been serving customers at the Goggleworks since July 2018, is now closed. The team behind Belly have shifted their focus and are now serving out of the Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading. The cafe at the Goggleworks shouldn’t be vacant for long as Sly Fox Beer is planning to open a new restaurant, the Den by Sly Fox, before the end of the year.
Francesca’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
2101 Howard Blvd
Reading, PA 19606
Francesca’s Pizzeria & Restaurant is now closed. It was initially announced on social media that the restaurant was closed for renovations, but the restaurant’s social media accounts have been deactivated and the closing is now appears to be permanent. No word yet on what will happen at the location, which is still best remembered as an Arner’s Restaurant.
Brocmar Smokehouse – West Reading
10 Summit Ave
West Reading, PA 19611
The Brocmar Smokehouse location at the B2 Bistro in West Reading has closed. The announcement was made on Brocmar’s Facebook page on October 10. Brocmar continues to operate its stands at the Shillington Farmers Market and Santander Arena. Brocmar also is still active with its food truck and catering. Meanwhile, B2 announced on Instagram that is continuing to offer barbecue with a new in-house venture, BBQ Smokehouse at B2.
Le Pain Chaud
147 W. Penn Ave
Wernersville, PA 19565
Le Pain Chaud, the Haitian Bakery and Cafe in Wernersville, has officially closed the restaurant portion of the business. Instead, Le Pain Chaud will continue but as a caterer.
1 Potato Two
2934 N. 5th St Hwy, Reading, PA 19605
1 Potato Two has closed its stand at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. The stand, which opened in 2017 and closed on August 10, featured tomato pie and the unique spudwich – a sandwich that replaced a bun with two halves of a potato. The owners continue to operate the 1 Potato Two food truck based in New Jersey.