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Reading Train Station Runs Again

by Nicayris Ulerio-Fernandez, Alvernia University

Oct 10, 2019

The old Reading train station has now opened as Saucony Creek Franklin Station, a fine dining in a casual setting restaurant. The establishment has a lot of the original features of the old train station’s infrastructure and designs, such as the beautiful captivating tall ceilings, the same old floor and benches, as well as the original clock and ticket booth. You will also find snippets of history about the Reading station all around the building. This includes books, documents, toys and a monopoly game where the Reading station still stands.This building brings people back to when the train station was still functioning. “I remember taking the train to Philly when I was really young, brings back so many memories.” said Fredrick, one of the hosts of Saucony creek. Other older customers share this feeling, they describe it as “reliving their younger years”.  To add to the nostalgia, people get to experience the train passing by, greeted by an abundance of clapping and hollering by staff and customers.

On Friday September 14, the restaurant had its Grand opening, with delicious food by Executive chef Martha Polanco. The entire menu consists of gluten free meals made fresh and from scratch. In addition, everything from the coffee to the bread is locally funded. It is great to have a place that supports local establishments. Everybody is welcome to come through, sit down, grab a plate and a quality beer. All beers are brewed in the Saucony brewery. There is a beer for everyone, consisting of sweets, sours and IPA’s. Ask the bartender for a flight and find out what kind of Saucony beer is your favorite. If you have no idea, the bartenders and staff will be more than happy to help distinguish your taste.

When entering Saucony Creek Franklin Station you will be greeted by host Freddrick, Austin or I, Nicky! Yes, I am a hostess in this restaurant. I am also a full-time college student, as are many of the staff. Saucony creek worked with my school schedule and understands that my education comes first. When I entered to work at Saucony’s, I was greeted with a very diverse staff, who were welcoming and respectful. I remember when I came for my interview, manger Emily Kline said “ At the end of the day I see all the staff sit at the bar and conversate, and laugh, and I think to myself, we are a family” As time went by, I quickly became part of the Saucony family. We all take care of each other; I consider bartender Antonio Hazel and waitress Yasmine Hazel as my work mom and dad.

So, come by or make a reservation! Grab a beer and tell us stories of “the good old days”. Come and become part of the Saucony Creek family!  If you happen to run into me, do not be afraid to say hello, for I love to listen to the stories that defined the future of many.

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