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March 29, 2023

Polish deli, BBQ restaurant expanding in Enfield

Google Maps The Polish National Home on Alden Avenue, Enfield.

The owner of a local Polish deli and barbeque restaurant is looking to move to a larger space in Enfield to accommodate his growing business.

Sasa Skerla, owner and head chef at Smoke BBQ and Pierogi Queen Bakery, currently operates his business in the former Polish National Home on Alden Avenue in Enfield. 

“Due to the drastic increase in interest in barbecue food and off-premise catering, we are unable to continue operating from the small kitchen in the Polish National Home, and we need a much larger kitchen and space,” he said in his application to the Enfield Planning and Zoning Commission. 

The new location, 481 Enfield St., is a commercial building also containing a hardware store, Dollar General and comic store.

His new restaurant would occupy a vacant 5,200-square-foot commercial/retail space on the north end of the building.

The restaurant would primarily serve take-out food, with limited barstool seating for about 30 patrons. There would be no table service and no alcohol or bar service, nor would there be any outdoor seating. 

The menu includes Polish food such as perogies and Kobashi, along with barbecue staples of brisket ribs, pulled pork and chicken, burnt ends and macaroni and cheese

Skerla was looking to stay in Enfield “where most of our customers and employees are located and continue offering food and catering services.”

The wholesale Pierogi Queen Bakery production would also operate out of the new larger kitchen included in this plan, so that the business can continue serving the Polish delicacies in Enfield as they have been since 1982. 

The operation currently has 16 employees, which will increase by a minimum of 30%-60%, “depending on the increase of business.”

Another unused space would be used as a gallery for art exhibitions by local artists, craft exhibitions and antiques history and memorabilia collections, the applicant said.

Some hours of operation would expand, with the barbecue restaurant staying open for an extra hour in the evening, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. 

Parking is ample since there are more than 200 spots in the plaza.

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