Alpenhaus offers a touch of Germany dining
Beef rindsrouladen and a variety of schnitzels, sauerbraten and spaetzle, are among the offerings at a new German restaurant along Bank Street in the New Milford village center.
"When people come in, I want them to feel they are in the Alps," said Manuela Young, owner of The Alpenhaus, which opened in May. "The smell of the food, the pictures on the wall -- my goal is to have my patrons experience Germany with all six senses."
Young's husband, Jeff Yenter, remodeled the restaurant that most recently housed 59 Bank, a popular restaurant for more than a decade until it closed in December.
The interior exposed brick walls remain. Traditionally Bavarian touches complete the transformation.
Young, who grew up in Flensbury, Germany, hosted a May 6 opening with more than 60 guests, including Mayor Pat Murphy, who lived in Germany for more than nine years during her service in the U.S. Army.
"Eating there really brought me back to Germany, the flavors of the food there," Murphy said. "Even the salad dressing had the taste of Germany. And the butter-dipped cheese curds are amazing."
Young hopes to please new customers, as well as the customer base she created running the Cafe Little Europa, a Brookfield eatery that closed in 2012.
She said she opened the restaurant in New Milford with the urging of customers from the cafe.
The Alpenhaus' chef, Stefan Kappes, and Young have created the restaurant's menu to include many of the favorite dishes from Cafe Little Europa.
"If there's something special you like, it is possible to make it," Young said. "Say rusty potatoes (rosti) with your meal. Tell me when you make your reservation and I can have them for you."
The Alpenhaus is located at 59 Bank St. in New Milford.
For information or reservations, call 860-799-5557 or visit alpenhausct.com.
For more photos, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.