By Josh Peterson, Publisher
There have been times during his nine years in Manchester, Tenn. that Kevin Greenwood has missed the food from his hometown of Portsmouth, England.
So he opened a restaurant offering the very best England – and the rest of Europe – has to offer.
“I travel the world with [my company] StageTops [USA] and when I come back here I miss some of the food. So I thought I would open my own place,” said Greenwood, owner of Bites of Europe, pointing out to his restaurant’s “beer garden.”
“We have our own beer garden that we are very happy with,” added Greenwood, his English accent heavy and proud. “If you go to Europe, people like to sit with friends and just hangout and have a drink, and we wanted it to have some privacy. On the colder nights I’ll fire up the fire pit, and it has lights and is even pet friendly because I know a lot of people travel with their animals, and that’s something different to offer.”
As for the food at Bites of Europe (located at 1306 Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester), Greenwood is shooting for authenticity.
“My niece came from Paris to train some of my cooks and I have traditional German cooks in the kitchen,” explained Greenwood. “We try to give a mixed variety of food with cuisine from different European countries featured throughout the week.”
Inside the building is more than a restaurant, with a pub and bakery also taking up space and offering multiple options.
“We actually imported these beer boot steins from Frankfurt, Germany; they are about $100 apiece. And we have the bakery that is absolutely delicious,” said Greenwood. “We’ve only been open for three and a half months. But as we continue to grow I want to offer more things, like traditional ‘High Tea.’ We even make our own breads in house, from scratch.”
The roots of the original “Oktoberfest” track back to Germany, with celebrations held across the world, including an annual September Oktoberfest in Nashville.
Greenwood wants to get Manchester in on the celebrating, as Bites of Europe is set to host a two-day Oktoberfest Oct. 20-21 at his restaurant.
“We are going to have a 40-foot by 60-foot tent in the back with arts and crafts, beer, games and fun,” said Greenwood.
There is no cover charge to attend the event.
“We are still putting it together, but we want to have all kind of music, even a traditional German band, face painting, cash prizes and entertainment throughout both days. We will have homemade pretzels that we will make in house.”
Hours for Oktoberfest at Bites of Europe are 3-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and noon – 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.
Greenwood says he plans to expand the event in 2018.
“Next year we want to add a 5K run and other things, maybe a pet walk for pets and their owners. I know we can pull it off here.”
Greenwood says Oktoberfest is kid friendly.
“Mom and dad can come on out, get something to eat and maybe a drink and I’m working on activities for the kids.”
Regular hours for Bites of Europe are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.. For more information, call 931-954-1300.