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.

August 2021

Spoonful Thai Bistro
West Reading

Spoonful Thai Bistro has taken over the former Rice Modern Thai in West Reading. Rice announced the permanent closing on Facebook earlier this month. The new restaurant, which had its soft opening the weekend of August 20, is unaffiliated with Rice. The restaurant offers curries, noodle dishes and other traditional Thai favorites.

Taste & Crust
Shillington Farmers Market

The second new food stand to open at Shillington Farmers Market in as many months, Taste & Crust arrived the week of August 23. The stand offers pizzas, burgers, cheesesteaks and appetizers. It takes the place of King of Cheesy which opened at the market in 2020.

The Congo Nest

Taking over the former Cheer’s Tavern/Bandit’s Public House in Bechtelsville, The Congo Nest held its soft opening in mid-August. The bar is currently offering a limited food menu of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

July 2021

Matt’s Chicken
Shillington Farmers Market

Shillington Farmers Market has added another eatery to the location. Matt’s Chicken started serving customers at the end of June before celebrating its grand opening on July 1. The new stand offers a limited menu of chicken sandwiches, nuggets and sides.

June 2021

Stoltzfus Luncheonette
Farmers Market of Wyomissing

Taking over the former Sunrise Grille at the PA Dutch Farmers Market of Wyomissing, Stolztzfus Luncheonette opened its doors at the end of June. The stand is open market hours (Thursday through Friday) and offers breakfast all day with a selection of hot and cold sandwiches and fried appetizers for lunch and dinner.

JR’s Subs & Grubs

JR’s Subs & Grubs opened in early June, taking over a space along Route 61 in Leesport that most recently was home to the second location of Dino’s Wings & Things. The restaurant specializes in “smash burgers” and also offers hot and cold subs and salads.

Choisi Hoagies

Choisi Hoagies opened along Penn Street in Reading in mid-June. The restaurant, which is located at 914 Penn Street, offers a variety of hoagies and wraps, along with healthier options like salads and fresh fruit bowls.

Salazar Cocina

Located along Lehigh Street, Salazar Cocina is one of two new restaurants to arrive in the City of Reading this June. Stanley Salazar is the owner and excecutive chef at the restaurant where he serves food inspired by his family’s Dominican heritage.

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