Monday, December 21, 2015

Closings : Milan's Restaurant Brooklyn's only Slovak Eatery

Milan's Restaurant on 5th Avenue and 22nd street in the Greenwood Heights section of Sunset Park is closing after the holidays. It was the only Slovak Restaurant in Brooklyn serving home made Slovak, Czech and Polish fare on it's menu and served with imported Slovak and Czech beer. Owner Milan Franko opened it's doors in 1995 with his wife as the cook for a 20 year run. The place had an old world air and atmosphere but fell victim to the changing makeup of the neighborhood as well as economics. His lease expired and the landlord raised his rent making it difficult to keep the place open and make a living. e was one of the  first to occupy our cybermall on our website when we started it back in 1998. Milan said he might stay open a few more weeks after the new year. If you haven't been there I highly recommend a visit before it closes it's doors. Milan is planning on moving to Florida after this where his children currently live. It will be sad to see him go. If there is one constant in Sunset Park it is that change is a constant.


onemorefoldedsunset said...

Thanks. I knew they would be closing soon, but didn't know the date. It's a shame to see the Slovak & Polish institutions closing down. My husband's side of the family is Polish & his parents came here after the Second World War. His Polish godfather lived around here for a while, and I have happy memories of our big Polish suppers together. Last year I was looking into the history of St. Mary's Chapel, on 34th, and learned of the most recent wave of Rusyn/Slovak immigration to New York in the 80's/90's, around the time Milan's opened. Best wishes to the Franko family.

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