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The Peanut Bar & Berks Jazz Fest
Berks County Traditions
Rachael Romig, Special Programs Coordinator - Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

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n 1933, the Repeal of Prohibition was announced by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the nation. What
else was announced? Jimmie Kramer's Old Central Cafe
opened at 332 Penn Street as a legitimate restaurant and bar. The
restaurant that we love as Jimmie Kramer's "Peanut Bar" wasn't
always called this and the history behind the name is rich with
family memories for Michael Leifer, current President and CEO.
The portraits on the walls near the bar area transport us showing
past owners, family members, and smiles to remember "the good
old days." From Isadore "Jimmie" Kramer and his daughters to
Harold Leifer, Michael's father, the family is always watching over
the restaurant which has expanded twice since opening.

If you've never experienced Berks Jazz Fest it is a "do not miss"
in our area. Debuted in 1991, the number of musical acts has
grown, and events now span over Berks county. If you're looking
to enjoy traditions and history of Reading and Berks take a seat at
The Peanut Bar and enjoy one of these shows over dinner. Until
then, take a peek at their spot on the Travel Channel!
Jimmie Kramer's Peanut Bar Restaurant
332 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19602
610-376-8500 | Mike@peanutbar.com

Now accepting new students! guitar, piano,

Private Music Lessons violin, voice,
& more!
EXCELLENCE ∙ OPPORTUNITY

This year the kickoff concert will host the Groovemasters on
Friday, April 6th at 11:30am. The regular lunch menu is going to
be available but if you're in the mood for a cocktail you'll enjoy
the specialties they have that are created specifically for Berks Jazz
Fest! If you can't make the kickoff party you can catch another
show at The Peanut Bar featuring the Dave Mell Blues Band, and
The Uptown Band, and another show from the Groovemasters
over the 10-day Jazz Fest.

Photo credit: Berks Jazz Fest

A C C E S S ∙ I N SPIRATION

Decades later and The Peanut Bar is still thriving. Michael is
a community advocate and believes in the beauty of the city of
Reading just like his father did. He partnered with Berks Jazz
Fest in 2010 to offer the now annual kickoff party named after
his late father: the Harold B. Leifer Memorial Jazz Fest Kickoff
Concert. "The kickoff party is a tradition for us," said Michael.
"My favorite part about hosting the event is the energy that comes
with Jazz Fest and seeing the same people year after year who
come back to Reading. We always do high energy bands and
have a lot of fun."

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