Thursday, September 9, 2010

Classic Grill V opens today in Pottstown’s North End

POTTSTOWN — Classic Grill V will open today at 6 a.m., ending the six-year vacancy at 1390 N. Charlotte St. in Pottstown. Offering generous portions at economical prices, owners Alex and Bruce are poised to make their restaurant a comfortable destination for families to sit down and enjoy a homestyle meal.

While the menu includes many traditional items, there is nothing old about the interior of the diner, which has been completely revamped to serve customers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After a long rehab process that included rewiring, plumbing, and a reworking of the layout, the former site of Dairy Queen was converted to the family restaurant that the owners envisioned. Both owners saw the location as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community.

“We want to give people what they want,” said Bruce, who is a 25-year resident of Pottstown. “We will offer good service in a friendly, happy environment.”

Culinary options range from the beefy to the healthy, including 10-ounce burgers, 16-ounce steaks, and healthy platters such as tuna salad and fresh garden salads.

Classic Grill V is providing senior citizens with a number of different specials, in addition to the daily specials that they will provide for other meals. Combine this with free WiFi for all patrons, and you will find that there is something for everybody at Classic Grill V.

Classic Grill V is open Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. — 10 p.m.

The Muncher Recommends:

Seafood Kabob: broiled shrimp, scallops, salmon & fillet of flounder with scampi sauce
New York Strip: 16-ounce heavy cut with sautéed mushrooms

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Java’s Brewin’: Filling mugs with coffee, hearts with kind service

At 3:15 a.m., Java’s Brewin’ co-owner Bob Barretta starts baking for the day’s fresh batch of bagels, muffins, and much more. He could probably cut a few corners, sleep in a few extra hours, and sacrifice the quality and freshness of his products — but that just isn’t the way he does things.

Instead, Barretta beats the morning birds to produce one of the finest breakfast ensembles around. This includes an assortment of cupcakes, real egg and egg white sandwiches, and 12 varieties of locally-renowned gourmet muffins, including peach, blueberry, cinnamon crumb, orange pineapple, and Hawaiian. Combine this with a tastily diverse lunch menu, including delicious fresh baked meat and vegetable quiches, Boar’s Head meat sandwiches and apple honey walnut baked chicken salad — the store’s best seller — and you have one recipe for success.

It’s a family operation for the Barrettas, as co-owner and wife Lisa Barretta and their two children, Julie and Amanda, share the responsibilities of running the Java’s Brewin’s two locations. The main shop is located at 296 W. Ridge Pike in Limerick, while the more recently opened satellite location is housed in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. And while the Barreta’s hold a high standard on food quality, the paramount value that is represented is an incredible commitment to treating customers with friendliness and compassion. “We have a certain way we want customers to be treated, and if they want something a certain way, we’ll figure a way to get it for them,” said Bob Barretta.

This attention to detail is evident in every item that the shop offers. All foods are made from scratch, chicken is baked, and fruits and vegetables are fresh. Drinks are made to order, including natural fruit smoothies with no added sugar, fresh-brewed iced tea, and an assortment of hot and cold coffee drinks, including lattés, cappuccinos, and frappes.

The Mercury Muncher encourages you to stop in for breakfast or lunch, have something to eat and drink (The Muncher recommends a caramel latte). You’ll probably be welcomed with a smile — and be smiling when you leave.