Local restaurant keeps it in the family
Sophia’s offers variety of cuisine

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

July 15, 2015

Flowers wave in the wind near the entrance at Sophia’s Pub and Eatery on July 8 in Slinger. The restaurant opened June 1.
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SLINGER — Boro Buzdum, Washington County business owner, was intrigued after noticing an available restaurant space in the city.

He opened Sophia’s Pub and Eatery, 158 E. Commerce Blvd., on June 1 in Dove Plaza.

The restaurant is named after Buzdum’s daughter, Sophia.

“I’ve owned quite a few places in 30 years and we’ve had different names for all of them,” Buzdum said. “I thought about it and Sophia’s Pub and Eatery sounds really nice, but we had to have a family discussion, so the younger daughter (Shelby) understood she wasn’t being alienated.”

“We go in the process of oldest to youngest, so Sophia got it,” he said.

Shelby wasn’t completely left out. There are a couple of menu items named after her like “Shelby Sticks,” which are mozzarella sticks, and “The Shelby,” which features slow cooked corned beef topped with coleslaw and spicy brown mustard.

Head chef Mike McCoy takes a seat at he bar in between orders at Sofia's Pub and Eatery Wednesday afternoon in Slinger.
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Sitting in one of the booths at Sophia’s Pub and Eatery on July 8, Buzdum described the menu as a mix of American and other cuisines.

“We touch on a variety of things,” Buzdum said.

Sophia’s Pub and Eatery features burgers, Philly cheese steak, Reuben, Cubano and patty melt sandwiches. There are dinners like shrimp, pot roast and chicken pot pie. There is also a Friday fish fry, pizza and calzones.

Mike McCoy, head chef, said The “O Boy” sandwich is popular. It’s a wrap that features sliced rib-eye, sautéed mushrooms, haystack onion rings and Gouda cheese served with a spicy au jus

Jennifer Blair talks with Cindy Anderson, not pictured, at Sofia's Pub and Eatery Wednesday afternoon in Slinger.  
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He said Sophia’s Pub and Eatery also features fresh seasonal salads made with fresh vinaigrettes.

“I keep it basic meat and potatoes because we’re in Wisconsin,” McCoy said. “A good meat-and-potatoes restaurant is good for this area.

“People like new things, but like comfort foods too,” he said.

Buzdum said there are great homemade desserts too, like apple pie pizza and “candyzones,” which are calzones filled with caramel, chocolate, peanut butter and peanuts and topped with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar.

Sophia’s Pub and Eatery faces Highway 60 and it’s one reason Buzdum was attracted to the building. Being in a shopping mall was a plus, too.

An artistic piece from owner Boro Buzdum hung in the bar area at Sofia's Pub and Eatery Wednesday afternoon in Slinger.   
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“In a shopping mall like this it’s got lots of parking and it’s nice to be in a mall because the pharmacy next door does quite a bit of business,” Buzdum said. “Different businesses bring people to the area.”

Since it opened, Buzdum said the response from the community has been good.

“We’ve been pretty busy,” Buzdum said. “It’s always tough to open in the summer. The kids are out of school. People are vacationing. Lots of holidays and festivals. It’s been a good opening. We’ve done consistent business.”

Buzdum said his goal is to grow the business.

Booths and tables redone to match the decor in the dining area at Sofia's Pub and Eatery Wednesday afternoon in Slinger. The restaurant opened June 1.    
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“We would like to expand our menu eventually,” Buzdum said. “Our goal is to open for breakfast on the weekends and if it works well maybe there’s a weekday opportunity to open for breakfast also.”

Sophia’s Pub and Eatery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. — or when the last person walks out the door.

For more information visit www.sophiaspub.com or call 262-297-1701.

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