Updated: January 14, 2022

The dining scene in Reading and Berks County continues to grow with new restaurants opening up all the time. Here’s a look at the new restaurants everyone is talking about.

January 2022

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Squawk Cafe

A new Squawk Cafe has opened at 2609 Keiser Blvd in Wyomissing (inside the Riverfront FCU Building). The grand opening was January 14. The restaurant is owned and operated by the team that originated Squawk Cafe at B2 Bistro. However, according to the new cafe’s Instagram page “this team including Joelle, Patrick and Christian are no longer affiliated with any restaurants at 701 Reading Ave. When the team left in June 2021 it was to focus on opening this location in Wyomissing.” The cafe offers breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

Liberty at Dryville

The new Liberty at Dryville opened for business on January 13. The restaurant is the newest venture from the owners of the Liberty Taproom and Liberty Ale House. The former Dryville Hotel closed in November 2019, with the owners retiring and selling the business to the group behind Liberty.

Rico Casa

A new tenant has arrived at the former Dee Dee’s Diner in Shoemakersville as Rico Casa celebrated its grand opening on January 8. Rico Casa advertises itself as “a mixture of Mexican and Korean food” with a menu that includes tacos and fajitas as well as pho and noodle dishes.

December 2021

Hollywood Casino Morgantown

The brand-new Hollywood Casino Morgantown opened to the public on December 22. The opening of the micro casino also means the opening of several dining options. These include:

Barstool Sportsbook: A sports bar and restaurant featuring sports betting.

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen: Quick-service restaurant featuring Asian dishes

Tony Luke’s: Philadelphia-based cheesesteak chain with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Bar 76: Serving beer, wine and cocktails. No word on whether there is a food menu at Bar 76.

Fritura Kings

Taking over the former Afghan Chicken & Gyro, Fritura Kings is now open at 444 Lancaster Avenue. Fritura Kings, which held its grand opening on December 17, offers Latin American favorites like mofongo, chimis, pastelitos, and more.

Copperz Brewing Company

Hamburg’s newest brewpub, Copperz Brewing Company, opened in mid-December. The restaurant and brewery is located just south of downtown adjacent to Windsor Distributing near the intersection of Fourth Street and Route 61.

November 2021

Mad J’s BBQ

Mad J’s BBQ has opened its new Blandon location on November 5. The restaurant, which has an established location in Nazareth, had a brief partnership with Willow Creek Brewing Company when the West Reading brewery first opened. Mad J’s is still in a soft opening period with limited hours.

Tacos, Guac N Bowl

A new Mexican restaurant has opened along Lancaster Avenue . Tacos, Guac n Bowl opened on November 20 at 1040 Lancaster Avenue. The location was most recently home to Giannotti’s Pizza & Subs, which closed in November 2020. The new restaurant advertises it as the area’s “newest local authentic Mexican restaurant.”

Know about another restaurant that just opened? Email Zach at berkscountyeats@gmail.com