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.

October 2020

Mad J’s BBQ at Willow Creek Brewing
West Reading

Willow Creek Brewing has partnered with Nazareth’s Mad J’s BBQ to bring their brand of smoked meats to Penn Avenue in West Reading. While the brewery hasn’t opened yet, Mad J’s started serving BBQ on a limited basis in the beginning of October.

September 2020

City Girl Juice
Sinking Spring

City Girl Juice is a new juice bar located at 4606 Penn Avenue in the outbuilding that formerly housed Crave Cafe’s ice cream stand. City Girl officially opened for business in late September.

Casa Cortes Mexican Grill

After more than a year, Casa Cortes Mexican Grill has opened its doors on North 9th Street in Reading. The restaurant, which opened on September 9, offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and select dinner entrees.

Romeo’s Pizza Pasta

Romeo’s Pizza Pasta in Mohnton opened with a limited menu on September 1. The restaurant will be expanding the menu to include pizza, pasta, subs, Stromboli and more. Romeo’s is located along W. Wyomissing Boulevard in the heart of Mohnton.

August 2020

Interior view of a restaurant with cream colored benches opposite wooden chairs at marble-topped tables

MAZI Greek Inspired
West Reading

MAZI – a “Greek Inspired fine dining bistro” – has opened in the former Bistro 614 in West Reading. The restaurant’s website says it is “reinventing the ethos of Greek Cuisine with a modern twist.” MAZI is the newest restaurant from the owners of the Hitching Post and Willoughby’s on Park. After hosting a soft opening the prior weekend, the restaurant began welcoming guests on August 26.

The Berkshire Family Restaurant

Taking over the former Giannotti’s Berkshire (and previously, Arner’s), The Berkshire Family Restaurant opened on August 22 for takeout. Tuesday, August 25 was the restaurant’s first official day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with inside and outside seating.

Rise Up Nutrition
West Reading

Rise Up Nutrition is bringing a healthier alternative to Penn Avenue in West Reading. In August, Rise Up took over the former Gourmand Cafe location at 715 Penn Avenue where they are serving protein shakes, coffee and tea, oatmeal bowls and more.

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