Polonia Restaurant in Hamtramck is looking for a new owner
Known for Old World charm and plates of pierogi, crepes, potato pancakes and Polish sausage, Hamtramck's Polonia Restaurant has been listed for sale by a local realtor.
Realtor Mark Tlok of Century 21 says the owner, John Zurowski, is hoping to retire but the restaurant is not going to close.
"We're looking for a new owner who can take over," said Tlok, adding that Zurowski is willing to stay on for one year to help with the transition, share his traditional Polish recipes and "keep the restaurant going the way it is."
"He's very proud of it," says Tlok of Zurowski, who has managed Polonia for 34 years.
The 5,890-square-foot property is listed for $450,000, which according to the information online includes the restaurant inventory, equipment, liquor license and a full-size delivery van.
Located across a city parking lot from another well-known and longstanding Polish restaurant, Polish Village, Polonia first opened in the 1930s, according to the listing. The current owners have operated it since 1986.
Polonia restaurant and banquet hall was visited by the late chef and travel show host Anthony Bourdain for his Travel Channel show "No Reservations" in 2009.
In addition to the famed visit by Bourdain, Tlok points to the recent investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant calling it "Hamtramck's own renaissance." This year General Motors announced it would invest $2.2 billion to rework the plant.