Macedonian couple bring Balkan food to Berkley

Jonce and Ellie Ilievski, immigrants from Macedonia, wouldn’t be
deterred from their dream — opening a restaurant specializing in the
distinct foods of their homeland in Oakland County.

Using Jonce’s IRA and money from their savings, the Ilievski’s have
realized their goal, opening the doors of Ellie’s Euro-American Grill on
Coolidge Hwy. in Berkley. After $30,000 in renovations, the bistro now
offers an expanded kitchen and parking lot.

The couple prepares all the food themselves, offering Hungarian and
Balkan specialties, along with Polish food on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


“We struggled in the beginning. … Later on, we started Hungarian. When
we started serving it, we drew in Hungarian people,” Jonce Ilievski
said. “We have a lot of customers that have been customers since day

Find out more about Ellie’s here.