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Bistro, bar planned at 'The Lofts at Narrow' in West Reading

'I want to build something that feels like home'

WYOMISSING, Pa. - From the beach to Berks County, the owners of a pair of popular restaurants at the Jersey Shore are set to open their first location in Pennsylvania.

B2 Bistro + Bar will be located on the first floor of the former Narrow Fabrics building, which is currently being renovated into upscale apartments on Reading Avenue in West Reading.

B2's owners told 69 News that they are familiar with the West Reading area and are looking forward to serving the same kind of "high-quality, farm-to-table food" that they offer at their New Jersey locations.

"I want to build something that feels like home, or like guests are dining at their friend's home," said Cesare "Chez"De Chellis, co-owner and executive chef. "You've got to cook from the heart, and food has to make you feel something."

The owners said they hope to begin construction of their new restaurant in West Reading within the next month, with hopes of opening by the end of the coming summer.

In addition to the restaurant, they also plan to operate an attached café, which will serve coffee, sandwiches and pastries.

Their other locations are B2 Bistro + Bar at 141 Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank, New Jersey, and 709 at 709 Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Work is underway to relaunch the latter location as B2 Bistro + Bar later this spring.

Work on the "The Lofts at Narrow" in West Reading is also continuing, with one- and two-bedroom apartments now being leased on the top three floors. Monthly rent starts at $1,200 for a one-bedroom loft and $1,575 for a two-bedroom unit.

The building will also feature a gym on the first floor and a "brilliantly bright luxury-style" swimming pool on the roof.

The building is located adjacent to the VF Outlet Center complex, which is undergoing its own makeover. The site is being transformed into a mix of office, retail, and restaurant space.

Earlier this week, Pottstown-based Sly Fox Brewing Company announced plans to open a restaurant and bar in a building that formerly housed the Dooney and Bourke retail store.


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