The other day, Peter Burzynski posted on the Facebook page of his family’s Polish restaurant, Polonez (4016 S. Packard Ave.). He wanted to spread the word that the 38-year-old St. Francis restaurant is not closed. It is, however, for sale, and has been for a while, he says.
“We have a new broker, who has been more aggressive about” attracting a prospective buyer, Peter says, and that could explain the rumor that it is closed. The truth is that they will keep the restaurant open as long as they own it, he says.
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Peter is the son of restaurant founders George and Aleksandra Burzynski. According to a 2015 story in Eater.com, George arrived in Milwaukee from Poland in 1980, armed with “recipes he had honed under his grandmother’s careful supervision — and saw an opportunity to fulfill his dream of opening a restaurant.” The first location was in the shadow of St. Josaphat Basilica, on Sixth and Lincoln. It moved to its current spot in 2001.
Burzynski’s Facebook post elicited many comments and shares, including one diner reminiscing about eating czarnina (duck blood soup) and Polonez being the only place in Milwaukee to get it. Peter says his family hopes that whoever buys the restaurant decides to continue running it as a Polish restaurant. So do I.