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Dino Mehic and Mesa Mehic

Euro Grill & Cafe | Bosna Market

Dino Mehic left Bosnia when the 1991 war in Yugoslavia began. He fled to Germany, where he married Bosnian-native Amela. Their son, Mesa, was born in Germany. The family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where their daughter, Minela, was born. Ms. Mehic found a job in a warehouse, so Mr. Mehic searched for work that would allow him care for the kids. He rented the smallest, cheapest storefront on Central Avenue and launched Bosna Market in 2003. Most of Charlotte’s Bosnians then lived within walking distance in inexpensive apartments selected by the refugee agency. In 2013 the Mehics moved to a slightly bigger space on Central where they could add Euro Grill, a tiny fifteen-seat eatery specializing in cevapi. Dino handmakes the stubby beef and veal sausages and nestles them into fluffy lepinje flatbread.

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