In what was formerly called the ‘Workman’s Cooperative’, today’s Polonia Restaurant is hardly a well-kept secret (filled most nights with eager pierogi patrons and kielbasa fanatics) and the price points, under $10, makes it a huge Hamtramck draw.
The original premise of the restaurant, formed in 1927, was to offer familiar Polish dishes to immigrants making the transition to a new country. Now, it serves equally well as a place for non-Poles to discover the best of traditional recipes, all from a spotless kitchen.
As a cooperative, it no longer exists, but the spirit of good pricing, good neighbor jawboning and down-to-earth service still imbues the place, and countless leaders in the local business community can be seen in the comfortable booths and tables, enjoying meals beneath the detailed murals depicting Polish country life. Stuffed cabbage, kielbasa with sauerkraut, and pierogis are all homemade (including the sausage), and to be had at the reasonable prices that are part of the Hamtramck vibe. If you are brave enough, try the czarnina (duck soup), which is loaded with dried fruit and makes for a truly authentic flavor experience.
In 1986, Polonia was bought and remodeled by Polish immigrant Janusz Zurowski. First arriving in the United States in 1979, he worked toward citizenship for ten years and retains pride both in his native country as well as his newly adopted country, and expresses special respect for those former employees who have moved on to successful careers. A multi-talented artists, who is as adept at guitar playing and ballroom dancing as he is at running a busy, successful restaurant, it’s a wonder he finds time for boating… his other passion. Along with his beautiful Polish-born wife Alicia, he maintains Polonia as a home style restaurant where comfort—and comfort foods—come first.
2934 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212-3264View Map