Stoudt’s Restaurant – Sinking Spring

Stoudt’s pictured in 1954

Stoudt’s Restaurant was located at 602 Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring (now the 4000 block and a parking lot). It was opened in 1951 and owned by Edward and Ada Stoudt. Edward’s son, also named Edward, worked for his father starting in 1960, and eventually split off and opened Stoudt’s Black Angus; which is still a successful business on North Reading Road in Adamstown.

Stoudt’s was known for it’s PA Dutch Country cooking. It closed in 1973 after 22 years, and the building was demolished to create a parking lot for St. John’s Reformed Church across the street.

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7 Replies to “Stoudt’s Restaurant – Sinking Spring”

  1. Does anybody remember Brown’s Diner at the bottom of Leinbach’s Hill in West Reading? I think it opened in the 1940s, maybe even 1930s, but when I knew the place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it advertised that it was famous for “Broasted Chicken”. I found a match cover and a photograph of customers eating that I submitted a while ago, but it has not been posted.

    1. Hi David, I replied to your email on 8/6, I haven’t been able to find a pic of Brown’s itself, but I sent you an aerial shot that it may be in. I wasnt sure of it’s exact location which may help me for further research

  2. I did not receive your reply, and I wondered what happened. I am usually careful about this, and I have checked my junk and deleted folders. Anyway, I cannot find a photo either. I have searched under “Brown’s Diner”, “Penn Street Bridge” and “Leinbach’s Hill”. How about posting the match cover and photograph I sent you? Maybe others will know something.

  3. P.S. That entire area changed drastically after the West Shore Bypass intersection was constructed, but the diner was at the bottom of the hill, on the south side of the curve, just before the Penn Street Bridge.

  4. Lordy! Is that really you? Yes, that’s me. How the hell are you? I have lived in Baja, Mexico for the past eighteen years. Are you retired? I still have photos of the three of us when we went to the shore with my parents. Remember? You can email me at drprocter@hotmail.com

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