St. Louis, Missouri has a special claim to fame that not many people know about.
Nope, not that we’re the home to the most World Series Championships in the National League (GO Cards!).
What’s that? Toasted Raviolis are the shiznit and should be on every appetizer menu everywhere? True … but no.
I’m talking about the fact that we host the highest concentration of Bosnians outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the true name of the country most people call Bosnia). We welcomed more than 20,000 refugees in the early 90’s and they settled in south Saint Louis, mainly the Bevo Mill neighborhood. Today, more than 70,000 Bosnians live in St. Louis. (Learn more about the Bosnian population in this story done back in 2013.) Recently, Bosnian restaurants like Grbic have been gaining popularity and attention.
So, as St. Louisans, we knew we had to spend some time in Bosnia learning about their history, culture, food, and coffee!
But why did the Bosnians come to the USA in the first place? To answer that question, I’m going to take you on a crash course through Bosnian history. Buckle up!