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Let’s eat! Nearly 30 years later, customers are still chilling out and filling up at Buzzy Brown’s Brasserie

A staple in the Nickel City’s South End Buzzy Brown’s knows its recipe for success: food from scratch and friendly service 

Brasseries are known for being relaxed and open seven days a week, and that is exactly what Buzzy Brown’s Brasserie offers its customers. 

The Brasserie has been serving customers in its “chill environment'' since 1995. Before that, the restaurant was part of the Casey’s chain of restaurants.

Rick Maloney, the general manager has been there for 20 years, starting as a dishwasher at age 17.

Maloney said Buzzy’s has a huge following of locals, young and old, who just keep coming back for more.

“I like to think the customers come back for me but it is really the staff here. It is a family environment with a social and relaxed staff that have been here for years. The food is also as fresh and homemade as we can make it.”

The brasserie, opened by Jack Brown and Mike Clement, offers a fair 50/50 split of pub food and family food.

The menu is large and offers customers whatever matches their moods.

“We have three full-time dedicated prep staff that work 40 hours per week to make the magic happen. They are making sure you aren’t eating frozen foods,” Maloney said.

He added that hungry patrons won’t complain about the portion sizes at Buzzy’s, either.  

Maloney’s favourite meals are the Peanut Butter Pad Thai with snow peas, bok choy, chow mein noodles and coconut milk. He also likes the Onion Ring Chipotle burger and the Creole Jambalaya with shrimp, chicken and sausage with rice or fettuccine noodles.

Maloney said customers “go-to” options are the chicken parmesan, the chicken wings and Buffalo chicken tenders sauced to your satisfaction.

There is a salad that turns heads too. The Julienne offers a combination of 13 different toppings and it’s served with Buzzy’s own creamy garlic dressing made in-house.  

A lot of patrons come for the drinks and pub food, with mushroom caps, Flowering Onion or the Grilled Pesto Brie being among the favourites.

“Everyday people come in just to sit at the bar and be tended by Lori. She is a favourite” both for her friendliness and her cocktail skills, Maloney said.

The brasserie staff are looking forward to the reopening of the patio soon. They are also planning a revamping of the menu around the same timeframe.  

Maloney wants customers to know that they are willing to do just about anything for them. 

“We offer tables of 40-50 guests in one sitting. We have big parties. We do Christmas meals, buffet food and are even willing to stray from the menu, too. We are all about accommodating people.”

Buzzy Brown’s Brasserie is open every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. with Friday being the busiest night.

You can find the brasserie at 1984 Regent Street in the Cedar Point Plaza in the city’s South End.

The brasserie can be found on Facebook or their website at BuzzyBrowns.com.

Anastasia Rioux is a writer in Greater Sudbury. Let’s Eat is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.