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
“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.”