Updated: August 8, 2023
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.
Cafe Folino, a new venture from the owners of Mangia! in Mohnton, opened its doors on August 8. The new breakfast and lunch spot is located in Wyomissing at the Block at Wyomissing. It is the first of three eateries to open in the new Block at Wyomissing, which will also feature the Vintner’s Table and Primo Hoagies.
Telia Perfect. Greek
After a long renovation process, Telia Perfect Greek opened its doors on July 18. The new fine dining restaurant is located in the former Friendly’s on Park Road in Wyomissing. Telia is the newest restaurant from the Zeppos Restaurant Group (the Hitching Post and Willoughby’s on Park).
Henry P. Robeson House
Opening in mid-June, the Henry P. Robeson House in Robesonia is the newest addition to western Berks County. The restaurant and bar takes over the former Roby House along Penn Avenue. The location underwent an extensive renovation that restored much of the interior to the original log cabin. The restaurant menu features pub food like pit beef sandwiches and PA Dutch items like corn pie.
Charlotte Street Coffee Co.
Pottstown-based Charlotte Street Coffee Co. has partnered with Firefly Cafe to open a new location in Boyertown. Charlotte Street is open seven days a week inside Firefly, offering coffee, pastries and a limited menu. Firefly continues to offer a full takeout menu on weekends and the Outpost – Firefly’s vegan marketplace – is open with Charlotte Street.
A second location of Salsa Burrito opened in early June at the Shillington Plaza shopping center (home of the former Kmart). The restaurant did a soft opening on June 2 and officially opened the following day. The new location is in addition to the original location of Salsa Burrito along Penn Street in Reading.
State Hill Craft Cocktails & Kitchen
Replacing the former Tino’s Restaurant on State Hill Road, the aptly named State Hill Craft Cocktails & Kitchen celebrated its grand opening on June 2. The restaurant had been undergoing renovations since February.
Julie’s Fast Foods
Taking over the former Arby’s along Route 422 near Sinking Spring, Julie’s Fast Foods opened its doors for its soft opening starting May 27. The restaurant moves to a full opening on June 1 serving lunch and dinner daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
P&J Pizza Tavern
Womelsdorf favorite P&J Italian Restaurant has expanded their business to include the new P&J Pizza Tavern. Located next door to the original restaurant, the rustic dining area of the Pizza Tavern includes a full bar. The new Pizza Tavern opened on May 23.
Norte Sur Mexican Restaurant
Norte Sur has opened a second location at the former Effie’s Charcoal Chef in Exeter Township. The new spot along Perkiomen Avenue opened on May 23. The original location of Notre Sur continues along Kutztown Road outside of Reading.
City Girl Juice
City Girl Juice has opened a second location at the Bell Tower complex in Wyomissing. The building was home to the Greenhouse Café from 2020 until it closed earlier this year. A soft opening was held on May 9 and the Wyomissing location will have regular hours Monday through Saturday moving forward.City Girl offers juices, smoothies and acai and pitaya bowls. City Girl’s original location will continue to operate at the Green Valley Shoppes along Penn Avenue near Sinking Spring.
Hocaa Bubble Tea
The Berkshire Mall has a new tea spot with the opening of Hocaa Bubble Tea. The stand, which is located at the Boscov’s end of the mall (near American Eagle), had its grand opening on May 9. This is the third location for Hocaa, the other two are downtown Bethlehem and the Palmer Park Mall in Easton.
The newest location of the Philadelphia-based Honeygrow opened in Wyomissing (near Target) on May 5. It’s the first Berks County location for the chain that has more than 30 restaurants across the mid-Atlantic. Honeygrow is a fast-casual concept specializing in noodle bowls and yogurt parfaits.
Tristan & Son’s
Tristan & Son’s Cakes and Shakes held its ribbon cutting ceremony on April 27. The new spot specializes in cheesecakes and milkshakes but also serves breakfast sandwiches, donuts and stuffed French toast. Tristan & Son’s is located along Sixth Avenue in the former Ezekiel 47 Cafe which closed earlier this year.
Splurge Bake Shoppe
A new bakery and breakfast spot has opened in Wernersville. Splruge Bake Shoppe officially opened to the public in April and offers fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and bowls, and biscuits and gravy. Splurge is located adjacent to CC’s Pizza along Penn Avenue.
Bobby Flay BBQ at Mountain Springs
The Mountain Springs Camping Resort near Shartlesville has a new on-site dining option with the addition of Bobby Flay BBQ. The BBQ stand previously operated in the parking lot of Bern Church along Route 183 near Bernville. Guests do not need to be staying at the campground to enjoy the BBQ stand which is open Thursday through Saturday.
Berks County’s newest cheesesteak place, Spenny’s Steaks opened April 6 after a lengthy renovation process to its building along Centre Avenue (Route 61). Spenny’s specializes in Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks but also serves hoagies, Jimmy Hots (hot sausages) and fried appetizers.
Moe’z Pizza is the latest addition to downtown Reading, opening in mid-April at the former King of Cheesey location at the corner of Sixth and Washington Streets. (King of Cheesey recently moved inside King Food Supermarket on Schuylkill Avenue). The restaurant offers pizza, hoagies, wings and more.
Craft 2700 at Frymoyer’s
The landmark Frymoyer’s Hotel in Muhlenberg Township has been given new life with the arrival of Craft 2700 at Frymoyer’s. The new bar and restaurant opened to the public on April 1 after a lengthy renovation process and delay for final permitting.
Lio Colon’s Food Bus Stop
Lio Colon’s Food Bus, which began as a mobile food “truck” during the pandemic, has found a permanent parking space along Route 183 near Bernville where the owner is serving authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. The converted bus is parked in front of Reifsnyder’s Ag Center.
El Limon, a chain of taquerias with more than 30 locations in southeastern Pennsylvania, has expanded to Berks County with the opening of its newest location at 1310 Schuylkill Avenue. The location was most recently home to Three Brothers Grill.
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