SOMERVILLE, NJ – Vojkan Zlatkov, the affable owner of Courthouse Subs, who knew  his regular customers by name as well as their preferred breakfast or lunch order, died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 6.

He was 42.

Vojkan and his brother Dan were co-owners of the popular eatery at 16 E. Main St.,, directly across the street from the historic Somerset County Courthouse.

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Rather than the mundane, “I'll have a whole No.2 , no onions,”  or "Give me a No. 8, extra tomatoes," the lunch menu at Courthouse Subs was reflective of the courthouse, the justice system, and those who “visited” or worked there on a daily basis:

First Offense; Second Offense; Misdemeanor; Felony; Clerk; Bailiff; Defendant; Plaintiff; Witness; Oath; Jury; Objection; Plea Bargain; Fraud; Appeal; Attorney and The Judge.

Courthouse Subs will reopen Thursday according to a note taped to the front door.

The obituary for Zlatkov follows:

“It is with great sadness that the family of Vojkan Zlatkov announces his passing, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 at the age of 42. 

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Vojkan resided in South Plainfield for the majority of his life.

Along with his brother, Vojkan was the co-owner of the well-known Court House Sub Shop in Somerville. He graduated from South Plainfield High School Class of ’95 and was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his brother, Vojkan is survived by his parents, several aunts, uncles, his sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. in the McCriskin-Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, N.J., 07080.


The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Macedonian Orthodox Church, 1050 Pompton Ave. Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009.

Interment will follow at St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery, 1166 Millstone River Road. Hillsborough.