New Balkan Restaurant, Bakery Opening Up in Grand Rapids
Two brothers are set to open a new bakery and restaurant soon, inspired by their home country of Kosovo.
Buka Bakehouse to Open in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Crain's Grand Rapids reports that the new Balkan eatery is coming to 888 Forest Hills Ave. SE, where Marco's American Bistro used to be.
Brothers Bujar Selimi and Agim Selimi are behind Buka Bakehouse.
According to Crain's, the brothers fled Kosovo in 1997 with their family, seeking refuge in America during the Yugoslav Wars. In 1998, the family moved to West Michigan.
Bujar tells Crain's,
Coming from where we were, it was like we jumped a hundred years into the future,” he said of moving to the U.S. “We’re grateful for what this nation and the people here have done for us. And now, what can we do to also give back in a way? We know food. We’re going to give flavor and hospitality, which is what we know.
What is Balkan Food?
Balkan Food combines European cuisine with some of those from Western Asia.
According to Will Fly For Food, Balkan cuisine is known for its diversity and strong intense flavors. It often features pickled vegetables, hot peppers, and feta cheese.
Popular dishes include:
- Stuffed vegetables
- Burek (pastry made of flaky dough)
- Cevapi (grilled sausages)
- Pljeskavica (mixed meat patty)
- Pide (stuffed bread)
What Will Buka Bakehouse Serve?
According to Crain's, Buka Bakehouse will serve breakfast and lunch made from "locally-sourced meats and vegetables with handmade bread recipes featuring simple, hearty ingredients."
You'll find sweet and savory southeastern European pastries, grilled meat dishes, sandwiches, and pizza.
When Will Buka Bakehouse Open?
An exact opening date has yet to be announced, but the goal is to have a soft opening in August 2023.
Follow Buka Bakehouse on Facebook for updates.