Updated: November 22, 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.
The Fairgrounds Farmers Market has added a new Latin American option with the opening of Caribbean Cravings. The new stand celebrated a grand opening on November 17. Regular menu items include oxtail, stewed chicken and fried pork.
Lilli’s Ranch House
The former Ranch House in West Lawn has reopened with new owners. The decades-old restaurant debuted as Lilli’s Ranch House on Monday, November 7. The new ownership group includes the respective owners of several independent restaurants across Berks County, including Fleetwood’s Pourhouse American Grille, Margherita Pizza in Laureldale and Juliana’s in Sinking Spring. The original owners closed the Ranch House earlier this year after nearly 50 years in business.
Skylight Cuisine & Bar
Celebrating a grand opening on November 1, Skylight Cuisine & Bar is the newest addition to downtown Reading. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with casual options in the morning and afternoon along with a finer dining experience in the evening. The restaurant is located at 600 Penn Street in the Wells Fargo building.
The Pulse Cafe
The new Pulse Cafe is now open at 506 Barlow Avenue, just north of the City of Reading off Route 183. Pulse Cafe previously operated a small drive-through stand near Bernville before taking over the former Bardo Cafe. The new location opened on October 8.
Paraiso Rosel Mexican Restaurant
Paraiso Rosel, a staple of downtown Reading since 2014, has opened a second location in the suburbs. The new Robesonia location opened on October 3 at 141 West Penn Avenue. The location has served many restaurants over the years, most recently it was home to Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant before its relocation to the other side of town.
Vesuvio Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Opened on September 28, Vesuvio Pizza is the newest edition to western Berks County. The restaurant had been in the works for quite some time, passing the opening restaurant inspection in the spring.
NoomNums Caribbean Kitchen & Southern Side Kitchen
Shillington Farmers Market gained two stands in one with the addition of NoomNums Caribbean Kitchen and Southern Side Kitchen in late September. The two businesses now share the stand formerly occupied by Brocmar Smokehouse. NoomNums offers a rotating selection of dishes from the Caribbean islands while Southern Side specializes in soul food.
The Cadillac Pub, the newest addition to downtown Fleetwood, opened its doors on September. The pub takes over the space most recently occupied by Klingers of Fleetwood, which closed in 2021. While the bar is the primary focus, the Cadillac Pub offers a limited food menu of appetizers, salads and sandwiches, and also will be open for breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays.
Aztlan Mexican Grill & Mexican Ices
The newest addition to the Berkshire Mall food court, Aztlan Mexican Grill opened on August 15. Aztlan is located in the former Taco Casa stand in the second-floor food court and serves a variety of Mexican meals and desserts.
Cool Cats Cafe
Opening in mid-August, Cool Cats Cafe is the newest restaurant to arrive in southern Berks County. The cafe is located at 4225 Main St, most recently the site of Gux Deli. Cool Cats’ menu features sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups and ice cream.
Hazel’s Cafe is the newest addition to Mayfield on Noble, a creative marketplace in Kutztown. The cafe’s soft opening began in early July, shifting to regular hours (Wednesday to Sunday) beginning July 20.
Sweets and Eats Cafe
The latest addition to the Kenhorst Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of Routes 625 and 724 is Sweets and Eats Cafe. The new spot opened on June 22. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, Sweets and Eats is open daily from 10-8 and offers hot and cold sandwiches and wraps.
Anita’s Biscotti Bakery & Cafe
Anita’s Biscotti, a home-based bakery for the last decade, has added an on-site cafe with covered outdoor seating. The new cafe officially opened on June 18. A sister cafe, Anita’s on Walnut, was open in the City of Lancaster until forced to close two years at the start of the COVID pandemic. The new cafe will serve not only Anita’s signature biscotti but a range of other baked goods, coffee and espresso.
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