Restaurant Round-up: fresh stories from the world of Central PA restaurants

Who’s hungry for some hot restaurant news? From brand new restaurant announcements and Kickstarter projects to expanding local chains, we serve up some fresh bites from the world of Central PA restaurants.

Java Junction Restaurant (Strasburg)

Scott and Joanna Johnson – the owners of OCB Cakes in Strasburg recently announced plans to open a new restaurant located 9 East Main Street. The new Java Junction Now I Can Function Community Restaurant will offer everything from burgers to wraps, as well as a special “Starving Artists” menu, a pay-what-you-want-Wednesday option on select Wednesday nights and occasional live music. They are currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign and there’s only a week left to contribute. Check out all the great rewards they’re offering and help fund a new local business.

Yikes…only 8 days left for our Kicksatrter campaign! The countdown is on and we still need your help. Checked out the…

Posted by OCB Cakes on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Speckled Hen Coffee + Kitchen – (Strasburg)

In other Strasburg news, Speckled Hen Coffee + Kitchen is gearing up to begin serving coffee and baked goods as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

Behind the scenes as our baristas gear up for working our espresso bar with some awesome @passengercoffee training! #progress #comingsoon #strasburgpa

Posted by Speckled Hen Coffee on Friday, June 26, 2015


Arooga’s Lancaster location (Lancaster)

Representatives from Arooga’s say that they hope to have the first-ever Arooga’s Lancaster location (125 South Centerville Road) open for business in August, but can’t set a firm date as of yet. The chain also recently announced plans to expand to Long Island and Queens, New York. Arooga’s – which pumps out a staggering seven tons of wings during the Super Bowl alone – is an excellent spot for sports fans and craft beer fans alike.

Otto’s Kitchen & Cocktails (York)

Otto’s Kitchen & Cocktails – the new restaurant co-owned by Rob McGrath (aka Rob Burrito, owner of Roburrito’s) set to open later this summer in the space formerly occupied by Bistro 19 – recently introduced the renowned, creative Baltimore chef Sarah Acconcia as its head chef. Acconcia appeared on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. We hope her clam dish featured on the show makes the menu. Otto’s will serve updated version of classic American comfort foods and craft cocktails.


Charcoals Bar & Grill (Lancaster)

A new restaurant and bar is set to open this fall at 701 Old Hickory Road in Lancaster. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more information.

Good things take time….. Great things take a little bit more time. Charcoals is steaming straight ahead and will be…

Posted by Charcoals Bar & Grill on Thursday, June 25, 2015



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