Since 1983 Polonez Restaurant has been family owned and operated by Polish immigrants Aleksandra and George Burzynski. Polonez Restaurant offers homemade goodness with old world charm. Aleksandra and George raised their children while operating together as a family at the restaurant's first location on South 6TH Street in the shadow of St. Josepha's Basilica. Almost 35 years later and Polonez is still family-owned and operated and is proud to be a restaurant that is not only maintained by a family but is also in service and gratitude to many families in the community.
Every recipe has been developed by Chef George and each meal is made to order from fresh ingredients. Many of the recipes used today were handed down to George and taught to him by his grandmother in Poland. As Polish immigrants, George and Aleksandra share with their patrons their Polish heritage in their menu selections and authentic Polish décor.
Through all these years, the Burzynski family has continued to offer award-winning Polish and American cuisine, Friday Fish Fries, and traditional Polish holiday offerings for Christmas and Easter. They have also adapted their cuisine to create special items for holidays and events celebrated in the U.S., such as Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and many others.
THE STORY BEHIND THE POLONEZ NAME
National dance of Poland
The Polonez, or Polonaise, is a formal Promenade pioneered by the Romantic composer, Frédéric Chopin. Chopin's father was French and his mother was Polish, which is one of the reasons why we can say it both ways: in Polish, poh-low- nezzz, in French, poh-lah- naayze. The Polonez is still danced at various official state functions and other formal ceremonies. However, it is less a sombre dance than it is a dance that exhibits strength, elegance, gentility, and grace. Because of its observance as integral decorum during formal functions in Poland, the Polonez has become a symbol of Polishness. Its popularity in Poland has extended its influence to other cultures, so much so that even Russian and German composers have been creating new variants of the dance!
4016 S Packard Ave.
St Francis WI 53235
George Burzynski grew up on his family owned farm in Poland. As a child one of his favorite activities was to cook alongside of his grandmother who taught him traditional Polish dishes such as czarnina, bigos and pierogi. In Poland he earned a Master’s Degree in Economics. Seeking a better life he left Poland and immigrated to the US in 1980 carrying with him his love of cooking, his recipes and a dream to one day open a restaurant featuring the authentic Polish dishes taught to him by his grandmother. In 1983 George realized his dream and opened Polonez Restaurant located on South Sixth Street in Milwaukee. Today Polonez Restaurant is located in St. Francis, WI, where George still prepares the traditional Polish dishes taught to him by his grandmother as well as numerous American favorite dishes all perfected over 30 years of owning and operating Polonez Restaurant.