"Evi" Spaho was born in Albania, a very small country in Europe, while the country was in the midst of harsh communism. Life was tough and his family was very poor. Evi obtained his 1st pair of shoes when he was four years old. Growing up, he always dreamed of coming to America. He had no other dream other than coming to a land where he could work hard and achieve the elusive American dream. When Evi turned 18, he immediately made the journey to America , arriving with just the clothes on his back.
Evi landed in Salsbury, North Carolina, where he poured tiles for a seafood restaurant. The owner of the Blue Bay restaurant liked Evi so much that after 6 months he promoted Evi to a manager. He was just 18 years old. This was a 350-chair restaurant, and Evi not only learned the ropes, but thrived. He would occasionally go to Myrtle Beach, and soon discovered how much he loved the beach area. After 5 years, he decided to move to Myrtle Beach. Evi had a hard time finding a job at first. He worked in a couple different restaurants, including Luigi's, when he stumbled upon a restaurant that was failing. He was able to take over the restaurant and was able to completely turn it around. He improved on everything from the quality of the food to the cleanliness of the kitchen, increasing customer service and management. The restaurant became very successful, and his customers were absolutely devoted. The Sunny Side Up Grill in Little River, South Carolina, is still hopping today. And that leads us to Blueberry's Grill.
As chef and manager of Blueberry's Grill, Chef Evi is proud to have his very own restaurant, built from the ground up. He loves to create unique breakfasts and unexpected lunches, not afraid to give a tour through his kitchen or to come out of the kitchen to address a compliment to the chef. Evi's greatest pleasure is giving his customers the best dining experience they can imagine. After all, that is all he has ever dreamed of.
The Story of Bluberry's
As a young man growing up in the mountains of Albania, Evi Spaho's family had a few acres of land with a small home. His mother loved to plant trees and flowers around their property. She had a special affinity for blueberry bushes. The bushes would grow so tall that young Evi could pluck them off the bush from his bedroom window.
Ever since, his mom has incorporated blueberries into many desserts and dishes she makes, with one being especially popular, her blueberry rice pudding.
It is for this reason, growing up and enjoying the fresh blueberries, that Evi was inspired to name his restaurant "Blueberry's Grill".