Say Cheese! Restaurant and Cheese is a full service restaurant rooted in a love for cheese and local flavor, Discover unexpected menu items that challenge your tastebuds or get back to basics with cheese plates and pairings that bring a world of flavor right here in West Reading.
We regularly offer delicious sandwiches, soup, salad, burgers, our award-winning mac & cheese, locally-made coffee, appetizers, entrees, local craft beers, and homemade desserts. In addition, we offer over 75 kinds of artisan cheese at our cheese shop!
Say Cheese! was honored to be named the Best Lunch Spot in Berks County for three years in a row by Berks County Living magazine. We encourage you to find out for yourself by stopping by for delectable food, quality drinks, and customer service that will make your dining experience worth the trip to West Reading.
In August 1936, in the depths of the Great Depression, Mom Chaffe fulfilled her dreams of a tiny Italian restaurant. She opened it in a quiet residential area of West Reading. She named it “The Cellarette”. In those days, West Reading and Wyomissing were the juggernauts of the textile industry in America. “The Cellarette” became a favorite of the employees at the Wyomissing Industries, from the founding partners to men and women who built their industries. The decendents of these people are still customers at “The Cellarette”. Originally the restaurant was half the size, but in the 1940’s they acquired #146 Tulpehocken Avenue and enlarged it to cater to the expanding business. Mom Chaffe died in 1956 and the business passed to her 2 daughter. As is the case in many families, Mom Chaffe’s son in laws had differing ideas on how the restaurant should be run. A parting of the two families occurred in 1962 with the sale of “The Cellarette” to Ellie and Leroy Heffner. At that time “The Cellarette” was renamed “Mom Chaffe’s Cellarette”. Under their stewardship for the next 16 years, the Heffners continued the tradition of the Chaffe family. The Checkered tablecloths and chianti bottles with candles decorated the decor. When the Heffners decided to retire, they sold the restaurant to Bill Remley, a local businessman. Bill’s wife MaryEllen redecorated the restaurant and added great style to the décor. Bill had several other business irons in the fire and decided to take in a partner to oversee day to day business. Melvin Lehman was approaching retirement and wanted to own a restaurant with his son after his retirement. The Lehman’s began at Mom Chaffe’s in December 1979. After a year they bought Bill Remley’s half and began their tenure. They built a new kitchen and expanded the dining room, modernized kitchen facilities and added paintings to the décor. In 2009 Melvin Lehman died at age 89. His son and wife continued on with the business. Polly Lehman became well known as the face of Mom Chaffe’s, rarely missing a day at work. She died in March of 2019 at age 98. Her son John Lehman continues the tradition of hospitality that Mom Chaffe began in 1936.
Established in 1978, the West Reading Tavern has been owned and operated by the same family for over 35 years in history.
In April of 2011, the original owner partnered with sons, both having a background in hospitality, to form a partnership that has introduced some fresh thinking and new ideas. The new partnership has contributed to a fantastic, ever-changing menu and an array of new fun-filled events that are sure to please for many years to come.
Conveniently located three blocks from the Vanity Fair Outlet Village in the heart of West Reading, West Reading Tavern reminds one of an authentic English pub.The stained glass windows and fireplace convey an at-home sense of warmth and coziness – found nowhere else in Berks County.
Whether you are looking for a break from downtown shopping, or if you are celebrating a special occasion, please let our staff make your visit an event that makes you come back time and time again to the down-home charm of the West Reading Tavern.
Look for the “Big Red Door” on your next trip to West Reading and visit a hometown favorite frequented by locals and visitors alike.
A beautiful and exciting American restaurant and pub nestled in the heart of West Reading on the corner of 3rd and Spruce. We have live music every Friday and Saturday night and a DJ with old school funk! You will find a variety of delicious food from a aginature wagyu half-pound Spruce burger to pizza and delicious seafood boils with lobter and mussels! We also offer a rotation selection of incredible custom-made cocktails that will excite anyone’s palate!
Third and Spruce has been an icon in West Reading; the bar and restaurant dating all the way back to the 1930s as a corner pub. It was then bought by John Woodward and remodeled into a two-way story open conceptbar and restaurant. It was newly remodeled after being purchased in 2021 by Victor Pytleski and still has all that old Spruce feel with a fresh new update!
It all started with Joe & Rob. Nearly every weekend, there they were, tasting every craft beer under the sun, along with a pint or twenty under the moon. And then they heard the calling from the sky (or perhaps from their empty glasses): “brew, and ye shall be blessed.” Not ones to ignore such powerful signs, they quickly set to work in their Beer Bunker (others might call it a kitchen), concocting their own tasty Belgian style ales.
In June of 2019, Sly Fox Brewing Company opened up the first Taphouse in Wyomissing, PA where award-winning Sly Fox beer arrives fresh from the brewery and Pennsylvania wines and spirits are served along with Sly Fox’s delicious fare in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.
Beer Wall On Penn, founded in 2018, is a innovative experience in today’s bar world. We offer 38 self service taps, as well as a variety of local wine and spirits. Beer Wall was created from a college project by owner, Josue Matos, that spurred into establishing an LLC and following a dream. Josue put a team together, leased a property in West Reading and helped turn a college project into the first, full scale, self service taproom in Pennsylvania.
Beer Wall will offer a variety of beverage options. With 38 self service taps, we will offer a range of beer from domestics, to consistently priced craft classics and high end limited micro beers. Beer Wall also highlights Dogfish Head Spirits and Manatawny Still Works in a series of creative cocktails featuring different purees and takes on classic drinks. Lastly, we offer a series of local wineries both by the glass and bottle.
Beer Wall On Penn offers a unique and upscale gastropub menu at an affordable price point. We specialize in shareable bar appetizers as well as elevating bar classics such as tacos and burgers. Check out our menu here.
The vision of winedown cafe started in 2006, when owner Ben Franco wanted to create an oasis where friends and neighbors could gather over great wine and conversation. Franco, coming from the manufacturing and engineering background, decided to immerse himself in the study of wine and restaurant operations. During a 3 year journey, Franco worked for area restaurant and took wine classes at the Wine School of Philadelphia; it took Franco almost 3 years, but his vision was realized in July of 2008. In 2014, Franco achieved the rank of Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. The learning continues as well as the commitment to the community.
The Barley Mow features the largest selection of craft beer in the area with more than 750 varieties coming from more than 100 American craft breweries.
Our goal is not only provide an extensive selection, but to create a comfortable atmosphere where you can relax while you shop, refresh and indulge in our incredible selection of craft beer, wine and inventive food offerings.
Aside from our bottle and can selection, The Barley Mow features a massive ever-rotating draught line – and we fill growlers and Crowlers to take home!
Come to The Barley Mow, relax and enjoy all the good things life has to offer.