Restaurateur "Big John" Ulrich passes away John Ulrich, long-time Berks County restaurant owner, has passed away at the age of 84. Ulrich, best known as "Big John," was the owner of Big John's restaurant and catering business on Schuylkill Avenue in Reading. Big John's was in business for 40 years before Ulrich retired in 2012. For more information, see WFMZ 69 News' tribute that ran on Monday: Click Here. Gourmand Cafe Opens in Wyomissing Gourmand Cafe has officially opened in the former West Side Cafe in Wyomissing. The cafe's soft launch was Friday, according to the restaurant's official Facebook page. The cafe is the second physical location for Gourmand, which started as a food truck but also operates a cafe at Body Zone. So far official hours have not been announced, though the restaurant was open from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on opening day and the menu includes both breakfast and lunch items. CD's Place closed for renovations CD's Place Restaurant & Catering in Boyertown is temporarily closed for renovations, according to a post on the restaurant's official Facebook page. CD's Place will be closed for the next two weeks, reopening on March 14 with new menu items.