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Timothy M Dewar
It had Sussex Sub Shoppe and Two For One Pizza, FB April
Before Andre's Restaurant, there was
Maria’s Family Dining, and before it,
Source: Sharon Loftus, March 27, 2013.
French influence doesn't hurt
Sweet Basil's Italian spirit - Sussex spot presents a humble
face, but pleases a refined appetite
Journal Sentinel - Friday, January 30,
Phillip Berroug was born in Casablanca, a city with a strong
French influence. He went to school in Strasbourg, France,
and then worked in French restaurants in Chicago.
But when he and his brother Jean-Pierre decided to open a
restaurant in Sussex ,
they weren't sure if the folks in town were quite ready for
French food, Phillip Berroug said.
So they played it safe, decided on an Italian menu of pasta,
pizza, calzone and sandwiches, and opened Sweet Basil last
In the six months that have followed, their 70-seat
restaurant in the Sussex Plaza
Shopping Center has attracted a number of devotees. Three of
them have urged me to try the place.
I'll admit I was skeptical. From the outside, it's hard to
tell that Sweet Basil is anything more than a takeout place.
And when I entered the restaurant 's dining
room, I thought I was in just another of those family-style
restaurants that are so popular in the Milwaukee area.
Then I saw a sign advertising the soups of the day ($1.49
cup, $2.49 bowl): lobster bisque and cream of mushroom.
Now, lobster bisque is not the kind of soup normally served
in a restaurant that specializes in entrees
priced from $5.95 to $10.95. Although it may have been
missing the kind of garnish you would expect in a fancier
restaurant (a piece of fresh lobster meat
on top is typical), a cup of it had enough shellfish flavor
to make it pleasant. The cream of mushroom was even more of
a surprise -- with lots of finely chopped mushrooms and
plenty of fresh cream. And so was beef vegetable, a
tomato-based soup thick with meat, green and lima beans,
corn, carrots and celery.
The biggest treats at Sweet Basil were pasta entrees. The
best, called pollo fiorentina ($6.95), tasted like something
a northern Italian chef might make after spending a few
weeks in New Orleans. It featured strips of chicken breast,
slices of Cajun andouille sausage, and red and green bell
peppers, all sauteed together.
Fresh cream had been added in the last stages of cooking to
form a sauce for a plate of quill-shaped pasta tubes. That
sauce and the perfectly cooked pasta combined to make a
Pasta with four cheeses ($5.95) was mostaccioli (slightly
bigger pasta tubes) tossed in a mild tomato sauce, then
covered with a creamy blanket of Swiss, mozzarella, ricotta
and Parmesan cheeses. The result was one of the
better-tasting meatless entrees I've sampled in a year or
Sweet Basil's menu offers four seafood pastas. The one we
tried, shrimp bella vista ($9.95), had a delightfully
delicate flavor with just a touch of white wine.
The only dish that missed the mark was meat lasagna ($6.95),
a nightly special. There was plenty of meat sauce, ricotta,
Parmesan and mozzarella, but the pasta sheets layered with
the other ingredients had softened too much and had lost
Entrees at Sweet Basil don't come with salads, so we ordered
them on the side ($1.95 each). The salads themselves weren't
extraordinary -- iceberg and romaine with shredded red
cabbage, cucumber slices and tomato wedges -- but they made
a good excuse to try a couple of the homemade house salad
dressings. I liked the honey-sesame best.
The Berroug brothers might be proficient at Italian and
French dishes, but their desserts ($3.75 each) were
all-American. I'm still deciding which one I liked better:
the three-layer banana fudge chocolate chip cake with its
luscious dark frosting, or the moist, dense carrot cake with
its pronounced flavor of pineapple.
If I had any gripe about Sweet Basil it was in the bread
department. An appetizer of pretty ordinary bruschetta
($3.95) put chopped tomatoes and cheese on top of toasted
French bread, but that was the last of the bread we saw.
Everything else came with the house garlic bread sticks,
which were long rolls that had an unpleasant sweetness about
And I'm accustomed to having extra Parmesan cheese served on
the side with pasta, even if I don't use it.
My last gripe was purely personal: At both visits, we found
ourselves listening to Enya, a New Age artist whose songs
are sickeningly repetitive. If I had heard the words "sail
away" one more time, I'd probably have thrown a bread stick
at the sound system. ------------ THE TAB: The first dinner
for two at Sweet Basil cost $46.93 for two entrees, a cup
and a bowl of soup, a salad, a dessert, a bottle of wine,
coffee and tea. The second dinner for two cost $29.09 for
two entrees, an appetizer,
Su Casa II Mexican
Su Casa II Mexican Grill Llc:
•Was founded in 2007 and is Privately held [Dominguez?]
Found this statement -
fiancée & I have been to Mexican Restaurants all over the U.S. Our
favorite to this point was in Santa Fe, N.M. We happened across Su Casa
due to their new restaurant in Sussex being close to us (it hadn't
opened yet). We've been back quite a few times since then & the food,
price & staff are all excellent. The owner, George [Jorge}, has got a
great thing going!
By Realtors I at
August 22, 2006
About Us | Su Casa II
... of 2006, Jorge and Berta Suarez opened Su Casa II on Main street in Sussex.
... Su Casa II went on to become one of the more popular restaurants and ...
Burrito Bueno West owned by Jorge Suarez Dominguez ? , N64
W22648 Main Street , Sussex, WI 53089 , 262-820-1855 262-820-1856
Source: Living Sussex Sun, July 2013,
After 3-1/2 years in Sussex, the Kohlmann
family felt the time had come to move forward with the difficult decision.
The Kohlmann family had been putting
off the difficult decision to close their business, Su Casa II, for quite some
time. However, that time has come and Friday will be the last day of business
for the Sussex staple.
Owner Sherry Kohlmann said a crippling combination factors ultimately led to the
restaurant's closure. She said all at once the lease was up on their space along
Main Street, customer traffic was not meeting expectations, and license fees
were coming due. Kohlmann added that license costs for liquor and gaming
machines cost upwards of $1,500.
"If we were going to make that hard decision, it made sense to do it now,"
Kohlmann said. "It's been a very rewarding experience. I've met so many people.
If there was a way to keep it going, we would. We are just so tired. We really
did a lot of soul searching, but just felt the time was right."
The Kohlmann's owned Su Casa II for 3-1/2 years, and said the restaurant is an
institution in the community. Sherry added that they have the business up for
sale through a broker, and the sale sign will go up in the front window within
"We're hoping someone will come in and purchase the business. It's definitely an
institution in the are. People are very sad. A lot of tears the past few weeks
as they have found out," Kohlmann said.
Kohlmann said a few potential buyers have already stopped in, but an offer
hasn't been made. And now, the family looks toward the future once they lock the
doors at Su Casa II for the final time.
"Well, we're all out of jobs," Kohlmann said. "Most of my employees will have no
difficulty finding other jobs. They are quality people. Me? I don't know what
I'm going to do. Not sure if I'll stay in this industry or do something else.
Not quite sure where I'll land."
Su Casa II will be open per usual throughout the week, but will be closing after
business hours on Friday.
"It's been fun. People have been wonderful, and I have no regrets - other than
not being able to keep it going," Kohlmann said.