SOFIA LIQUOR INCORPORATED - Bulgarian Food Store to OPEN
 
    

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Bulgarian Food Store to OPEN

Future Shop (former InstyPrints)

February 2003



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The aromas and tastes or authentic Bulgarian food will soon be available to shoppers in downtown Des Planes, with the arrival of Sofia Food and Liquor, to be located at the site of the old Insty Prints on Ellinwood.
Radka Kolev is the new owner. She arrived in the United States along with her family in the early 1990s and has made her home with her family in Park Ridge for the past six years.
While the Kolevís are not new to the import business, this is their first store.
The Kolevís hope to provide a taste of home to the more than 50 000 Bulgarians who lived in the Chicago area, many of them in Des Plaines, Niles, Rosemont, Schiller Park.

The store is being named to Sofia, Bulgaria, the countryís capital city. Radka Kolev says the store will feature imported Bulgarian cheese, sausages, spices, and preserved vegetables, as well us bottled water, cookies, chocolates, and other Bulgarian delicacies. Ninety percent of the stock will be imported.
Along with Bulgarian newspapers and music, the shop will carry Bulgarian brandy, wine, and beer. City approval for the store's liquor license is expected to take approximately two months, so the Kolcv's anticipate a grand opening in early April. Radka will be the store's main proprietor.
For those unfamiliar with Bulgarian cuisine: Kolev says it is very similar to Greek food, with influences from Serbia and Yugoslavia
 

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