Turkish restaurant settles into space

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Cafe de Miro

A restaurant that serves food and beverages from the Kurdish region of Turkey has settled into Grand Rapids.

Husband-and-wife owners Apo Alagoz and Fatosh Alagoz run Cafe De Miro at Breton Village in Grand Rapids, at 1878 Breton Rd. SE.

The couple moved with their two sons to Michigan from Turkey two-and-a-half years ago. Apo Alagoz is an electrical engineer by trade but also owned a café in Turkish Kurdistan north of Iraq.

“When we came here, we decided (to open a café) because I know this business,” Apo Alagoz said. “My wife designed everything, including the decorations and the food menu.

“We make everything homemade: yogurt, gyros, everything is homemade in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s a small café, but we have a big Mediterranean menu.”

Cafe de Miro opened this spring and is named after the couple’s 11-year-old son, Miro, which means “chief of the tribe” in Kurdish and is also a nod to the surrealist painter Joan Miró.

The restaurant’s menu includes Kurdish, Armenian and Greek foods and consists of traditional Mediterranean breakfast and side dishes: such as skillets, scrambles and acai bowls; pastries; toasts; soups; sandwiches; salads; Turkish coffee; tea; desserts; and more.

The café occupies a 755-square-foot space between Scout & Molly’s and The Omelette Shoppe.

In addition to dine-in counter service and takeout, Cafe De Miro also offers delivery through Uber Eats and GrubHub.

The café is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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