2 eating places in Berks to be taken over by proprietor of third

READING, Pa. — Two longtime eating places in Berks County quickly will probably be beneath the possession of a Wernersville institution, the companies introduced in latest Fb posts.

The Pike Cafe at Pike and Moss streets in Studying and Shirley’s Cafe & Tequila Bar at 1516 Duke St. in Laureldale will probably be taken over by Kyle Riggs, the proprietor of Paradise by the Slice on East Penn Avenue in Wernersville, all three institutions introduced.

Mike Pullano, the proprietor of The Pike and Shirley’s, mentioned in a single Fb submit that it’s going to take three to 4 months till the property switch goes by means of, “however we’re already coaching Kyle the right way to be a Pike and Shirley particular person.”

Riggs and Pullano didn’t instantly reply to messages left for them searching for remark.

Nothing will change at The Pike or Shirley’s, Riggs mentioned on the video. He mentioned he is preserving the identical employees and could have the identical menu.

“So your favourite bartender and your favourite server at The Pike and Shirley’s will probably be proper right here,” Riggs mentioned.

“We’re not going to repair one thing that is not broke,” Pullano mentioned. “We will preserve the custom going, all you stunning individuals.”

Riggs purchased Paradise by the Slice at 63 E. Penn Ave. three years in the past.

“By way of COVID, we went by means of a troublesome time,” he mentioned on the Fb submit, “however we had been able to increase. We have now an superior crew over there, superior expertise, superior institution.”

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Pullano mentioned Riggs “got here to me about six months in the past and mentioned, ‘Michael, we’re searching for a pair extra eating places in Berks County.'”

Pullano mentioned he instructed Riggs he had promised his spouse he would retire when he turned 65, and he turned 62 this 12 months.

“I checked out him, and I mentioned, ‘Kyle, look no additional – The Pike and Shirley in three years,'” Pullano mentioned. “So we began speaking, and we made one another a proposal we could not refuse.”

Pullano opened The Pike in a former pretzel retailer and bakery in 1985, in keeping with its web site. It claims to have established Berks County’s first wing night time.

The web site says it has grown from a nook bar right into a restaurant “serving every little thing from nachos, Pike fries, day by day home made soups, sandwiches, to filet mignon, crab muffins and seafood and pasta specialties.”

Shirley’s noticed its eighth anniversary on Wednesday. It’s recognized for salads, cauzuelas, basic pizza, bolis and pizzadillas.

The Fb posts say reward playing cards issued for The Pike and Shirley’s will work proceed to work on the eating places in addition to at Paradise.







The Patio on Moss at The Pike Cafe in Studying




In one other Fb submit Thursday, Riggs and Pullano introduced that The Pike will open its Pike Patio at 4 p.m. on Could 11. It initially will open at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays till Memorial Day, after which it’ll open seven days every week.

The patio could have a full-service bar and its common wing nights.

Paradise by the Slice additionally has a daily wing night time.

Pullano mentioned within the video that patio choices will embrace stay music, viewing of stay video games, cornhole video games, with “plenty of particular occasions deliberate for this summer season.” There will probably be 14 TVs on the patio along with the 50 TVs inside The Pike, Pullano mentioned.

“It’s the place to be this summer season,” Pullano mentioned.