Aufwiedersehen, Oktoberfest!

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As Oktoberfest comes to a close for 2013, enjoy this post from June 2009 on East Side Restaurant in New Britain, Conn.:

Balancing on a plank of wood atop a half­-constructed second- floor patio, I looked down onto the parking lot of East Side, the German restaurant in New Britain. Nothing but a whole lot of cars in front of weathered buildings in a rather rundown-looking residential neighborhood.

Although it’s impossible to confuse with Bavaria, that’s not what owner Nick Augustino has in mind. The Germany he produces is in the wiener schnitzel, the roving accordion player, and the giant mural of Old Hei­delberg. And, of course, it is in the beer.

As bold as his boisterous restaurant, the gray and mustachioed Augustino is doing what many in this recession are not: after 10 years as owner, he’s still expanding his business.

I had the chance on a recent late spring afternoon to learn about Augustino’s plans and to sample several authentic im­ports during a lunch that left me five pounds heavier and longing to visit the real Ger­many. Continue reading “Aufwiedersehen, Oktoberfest!”