P.J. Whelihan’s is latest chain coming to Berks

New Jersey-based P.J. Whelihan’s is gearing up to open its first Berks County restaurant. Signs outside the former Toscani restaurant in Spring Township announce the coming of the sports bar franchise which has 14 locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Currently, the closest locations are Allentown, Norristown and West Chester, all a 35-mile drive from downtown Reading.

Coastal Grille ready to open Monday

Coastal Grille, the newest restaurant from the owners of Austin’s Restaurant and Bar, is set to open on Monday in the former Seafood Shanty location in the Broadcasting Square Shopping Center. The restaurant unveiled its menu on its Facebook page on Thursday. The menu includes a full section of “simply grilled fish;” seafood specialties that include crab cakes, scallops and haddock; and some Austin’s favorites like baby back ribs and shoestring fries.

Van Reed Inn to reopen

The Van Reed Inn along Route 183 is set to reopen, according to signs posted outside the building. The restaurant, formerly known as Milan’s Van Reed Inn, has sat dormant since it closed in March, 2013 after 33 years in operation. The new restaurant has launched a website that announces the new ownership, but no date has been given for when it will reopen.

Former Hooters location gets new owner

An article in the September 3 Reading Eagle revealed that the former Hooters property in Wyomissing has a new owner and will soon have a new restaurant. Joseph T. Posh, a developer from Lehigh County, has purchased the property and will bring in a chain that is new to Reading, according to the article. Hooters closed in March of 2013, and the building has sat vacant since.

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