In 2013 Kristina and Valentin Guzili embarked on a lifelong dream, becoming hospitality entrepreneurs. “I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, starting off at the iconic One Detroit Coney Island, and when the opportunity came own our own restaurant, we couldn’t pass it up,” said Kristina. Located at the southwest corner of Milwaukee and Woodward, the Guzili’s Motown Coney Island is a labor of love and community touchstone. Purchased from Kristina’s brothers four years ago, this restaurant has seen its challenges, but has risen above all of them to survive, thanks to its loyal customers and its owners’ dedication to their dreams.
In 2014, shortly after a major makeover, disaster struck in the form of a fire that completely destroyed the restaurant. Instead of giving up, the Guzlili’s rebuilt their dream from scratch, reopening in early 2015. “This was our dream and while we could have moved anywhere, this neighborhood is like home to us, and it would have never felt the same anywhere else.” said Kristina. The path to reopening was a long one, but it was eased with the help of family and friends pitching in to bring Motown Coney back to life. The result is beautiful new space where neighborhood seniors gather for breakfast, area workers grab lunch and a good cup of Joe, and kids relax and eat fries in their study groups after school.
“We are proud to be members of the New Center community. This area is special with the variety of businesses and residents, and it’s exciting that others are finally noticing what we already knew,” said Kristina. The corner also is home to some of the area’s oldest businesses, including Detroit Hardware and Roby’s Shoes. Joining with these other family-owned-and-operated businesses along the corridor has been a journey made easier for Motown Coney through communication. As parents to three beautiful children — all below the age of five — running a successful business and maintaining a solid home required clear communication, along with love and laughter. That’s have been the glue which helped bond the Guzili family.
Visit Motown Coney Island Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m to dine on some of the best quick bites in the area, including the famous Grilled Chicken Salad, flavorful Motown Skillet and tender Gyro Platter. Delivery is available to area businesses and residences for a nominal service fee, and students receive a 10 percent discount with their student IDs. Motown Coney is located at 6501 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI, 48202, between Milwaukee and West Grand Boulevard. Convenient street parking and a paid/secured lot parking are available adjacent to the restaurant. For additional information on the restaurant, directions, and more please call 313-873-9011.