Balkan Treat Box to go brick-and-mortar route

August 31, 2018 by  

One of St. Louis’s most popular food trucks, the Balkan Treat Box, will open a brick-and-mortar location soon in St. Louis’s Webster Groves neighborhood. Foodies are lining up already.

The Balkan Treat Box has landed on a number of “best restaurant” lists in spite of the fact it’s not a restaurant at all. Owners Edo and Loryn Nalic and their chef, Amel Rizvanovic, plan to take over the premises formerly occupied by Stratton’s Cafe, on Big Bend Boulevard. They’ll start out by serving lunch Mondays through Saturdays, and expand to include breakfast and dinner service as well.

The Nalics started their business in 2017, serving Bosnian food, such as doner kebabs and pides, that reflect Edo’s heritage. Their food was an instant hit, drawing raves from St. Louis press people as well as Travel & Leisure, the Food Network, and Food & Wine.

Loryn Nalic said the response overwhelmed her and her husband, as they’d never expected the local community to respond so well to their food. She added they still feel surprised that they’re actually going to have a Balkan Treat Box location that isn’t on wheels. Moving to a permanent home gives companies like this a chance to work with stationery printers, who will be able to create unique letterheads or menus that reflect the character of the establishment. No official opening date has been given.