Lilli’s Ranch House & Creamery opened in West Lawn on Monday, attracting crowds throughout the day.
Most people learned of the reopening of the former Ranch House restaurant on social media, where co-owner Massimo Caloiero announced it Sunday.
“The rumors are true. We are opening Monday, Nov. 7! 6 a.m. till 9 p.m.,” he posted on Facebook. “Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Ted Galanos of Sinking Spring, who frequented the restaurant before it closed in April and was sold by its previous owners, Scott and Dennis Schell, was glad to be back for lunch on Monday.
“My wife and I have been coming here for years,” he said. “We were really happy to hear it was opening again. She was already here for breakfast this morning and I came down for lunch.”
Lilli’s Ranch House & Creamery in West Lawn opened Monday, Nov. 7. The new owners of are Frank Lapuma, left, and Massimo Caloiero with his daughter Lilli, 10. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)
Caloiero, who also owns the PourHouse American Grill in Ruscombmanor Township, purchased the restaurant in June with partners Mario Caloiero, owner of Margherita Restaurant and Bar in Laureldale, and Frank Lapuma, owner of Juliana’s in Sinking Spring.
Because the establishment was so well known in Berks County, they decided to keep its name while adding Lilli, the name of Massimo Caloiero’s young daughter. The restaurant has a staff of about 30 people.
Extensive renovations were made to the inside and outside of the building, including painting and replacing the flooring, furniture and appliances.
Something that didn’t change, however, are the wagon wheel lamps that hang from the ceiling.
“We decided to keep those,” Massimo Caloiero said. “We didn’t want to drastically change the style of the place, we just wanted to upgrade it.”
Lilli’s Ranch House & Creamery in West Lawn opened Monday, Nov. 7, following renovations to the building and upgrades to the menu. One thing that didn’t change are the wagon wheel lamps that hang from the ceiling. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)
Another upgrade is to the restaurant’s iconic Ranch House sign, which is in the process of being modernized with a new coat of paint and added neon tubing. Caloiero commissioned Randy Snyder, a highly regarded sign repairman in Fleetwood, to restore the sign, which has marked the restaurant’s location for nearly the entirety of its 49-year history.
The job has been a poignant experience for Snyder, whose late grandfather, Edmund Rowland, helped to create the original sign.
“I was excited to get this work because of that connection to my grandfather,” Snyder said. “He worked on the original sign almost 50 years ago, and now I’m having the opportunity to restore it.”
Snyder is continuing his restoration work on location and said it’s about 75% percent completed. He hopes to complete the job by early next week.
“It’s a big job because I had to make a lot of neon for it,” he explained. “If you don’t know what’s involved with bending neon, you can’t understand how difficult and time consuming it can be. I want to finish the work as soon as possible, but I don’t want to cut any corners. It needs to be done right.”
The restaurant, 2738 Penn Ave. in Sinking Spring, is open every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with breakfast served all day. There will not be a grand opening.
Breakfast choices include several varieties of eggs benedict, omelets, Italian stuffed French toast, Belgian waffles, pancakes, steak and eggs, creamed chipped beef and a breakfast burrito.
Lunch and dinner offerings include sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, steak, chicken, fish, shrimp and burgers. There’s also an appetizer menu that features wings, pierogi and cheesesteak eggrolls, and desserts including pies, cheesecake and hard and soft ice cream.
“We just expanded and updated the menu a little,” Massimo Caloiero said. “I think customers will be happy with what we’ve done.”