How the Athenian is slowly establishing souvlaki as a popular food option, not just in London but Bristol as well!
It’s no secret that we expanded recently outside of London, into the upcoming vibrant community of Wapping Wharf, Bristol.
We are sharing the roof with some incredible restaurants like Woky Ko, run by Masterchef Finalist Larkin Cen and Root [previously Chicken Shed], founded by Michelin Star Chef Josh Eggleton.
"It was a huge step for us!"
Opening a restaurant in a different city with a different market carried a great level of risk as well as difficulties that we didn't previously anticipate.
We didn’t let that discourage us, instead we took it as an opportunity to introduce new items in our menu that are more targeted towards Bristolians! We noticed that the people who visit the Athenian in Bristol don’t usually share the stress and anxiousness of their London counterparts, and that Wapping Wharf is a more of a sit-down place with a nice and relaxing atmosphere, where young adults and families would usually hang out at.
Naturally, it was a no brainer for us that Greek wine would be the number one choice to enhance each individual visitor’s experience but also a good opportunity to showcase the good quality wines that Greece has to offer.
Did you know?
GREECE WAS THE FIRST Country TO pioneer new methods of VITICULTURE and WINE PRODUCTION that WERE shared with early winemaking communities in what are now FRANCE, ITALY, AUSTRIA AND RUSSIA.
And of course, no good wine should be drank without an accompaniment; the meze board. Which features a selection of melintzanosalata, tzatziki, tyrokafteri, cucumber, 2 pitas and olive tapenade. The olive tapenade (or pâté) is the star of the show, made from world famous Kalamata Olives.
Immediately, we saw an incredible response from the people! Our meze board was received very positively to an extent some people visit us just for the meze board! As the timeless adage goes "a good product sells itself."
But that wasn't enough for us, we want our food to reach as many people as possible. We immediately received interest from local foodies and young entrepreneurs in Bristol, who share our values and our love for Greek food, so we invited them over for a friendly get together so we can share our new meze board and wine with them!