May 18 opening eyed for Slinger restaurant

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

May 4, 2015

Sophia's Pub and Eatery will soon open in Dove Plaza in Slinger. A large billboard posted in the restaurant's parking lot Thursday shows new employees are being sought for the business which will occupy space formerly occupied by Emily's Restaurant for about nine years before it closed in July.  
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News

SLINGER - The July closing of Emily’s Restaurant in Slinger is providing the opportunity for a new business at the same location in Dove Plaza.

Boro Buzdum and his sister Dusanka will co-own Sophia’s Pub and Eatery, which they hope to open May 18 at 1058 E. Commerce Blvd. (Highway 60). Dusanka has been in the restaurant business for 31 years.

At the Village Board’s meeting Monday, trustees will vote on granting a Class B Combination Liquor License to Sophia’s. The license will only cover the period of Tuesday to June 30. If the license is approved, the business can serve alcohol.

“The license only covers a few weeks because all of the village’s liquor licenses expire at the same time — on June 30,” Village Clerk Tammy Tennies said. “If they receive their liquor license Monday night there’s probably no reason they shouldn’t be renewed for the license which will cover a full year.”

Buzdum said he and his sister can’t order liquor supplies until they have the license.

“That means we’ll need time to have supplies shipped to us,” Buzdum said. “We plan on have everything from beer to mixed drinks and wine.”

Buzdum, who lives in Slinger, said he’s noticed the vacant location for several months and finally decided with his sister that they should open Sophia’s Pub and Eatery there.

“It’s family-owned and we’ll cater to families. We’ll have a children’s menu and we’re looking at possibly serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays,” Buzdum said. “We’ll have a variety of foods from burgers, pastas, salads, specialties, sandwiches, steaks, ribs, fish as well as chicken and appetizers. We’ll also serve pizza seven days a week.”

Buzdum said they are still in the process of hiring staff and they will need training before the opening. He said he expects the business to have about 20 full-time and part-time employees.

“We’re looking forward to the opening,” Buzdum said. “We think it’s something the area really needs.”