Originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Evan Christian Pappanicholas grew up in the restaurant industry. His father owned two Greek restaurants in Delaware and he continued the tradition as owner of three New York City restaurants and one in Los Angeles: The Cannibal Beer and Butcher New York, The Cannibal Hell’s Kitchen, The Cannibal Liquor House & The Cannibal Beer & Butcher Los Angeles.
Christian earned a degree in finance and entrepreneurship from Babson College. After graduation, he moved to Manhattan where he began working in commercial real estate. After five years, his passion for food and drink combined with his entrepreneurial spirit led him to the French Culinary Institute. While spending each day around chefs and his biggest passion—food—he strategized about how to break into the New York City restaurant scene.
While on vacation in Belgium, Christian was intrigued by Belgian culture, specifically the Monastery-brewed Belgian beer and sophisticated pub food. And what followed are several successfully opened restaurants, starting with his own restaurant, Resto in the spring of 2007.
Resto was warmly welcomed by its Gramercy Park and Murray Hill neighbors while also receiving critical accolades including two stars and inclusion in the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” from The New York Times in 2007 and four stars and inclusion in 2008’s “Best New Restaurants” feature in New York magazine.
During subsequent trips to Europe, Christian developed the concept for a beer and butcher; he opened The Cannibal Beer & Butcher next door to Resto. Named as an ode to the revered Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx, The Cannibal Beer & Butcher is a natural extension of Christian’s nose-to-tail ethos.
As an avid cyclist, he may be found eating house-made beef jerky or salted North Carolina salted Peanuts while riding his bike. Christian actively fundraises for No Kid Hungry though Chefs Cycle and The Cannibal Beer & Butcher proudly sponsors the Rockstar Racing Cycling Team.