Another of Rochester’s popular restaurants is closing its doors for good.
Chef Youness Bojji and his wife, Amber Bojji, announced on social media Monday night that Tuesday is the final day that Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine will be serving its classic fare.
“We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our followers, friends and guests alike for helping us sustain for this long. We all have to face reality as sad as it may be,” they wrote.
While the restaurant, tucked away in Suite 106 of the Barlow Shopping Plaza at 1151 Sixth St. NW, will soon be a thing of the past, the Bojjis have hopes for a new Med City project in the future.
“Don’t fret just yet, however, as we are planning on returning to the culinary scene soon. It may be in a month or possibly months. We are looking at a new location, name and vibe,” they wrote.
Originally from Morocco, the chef has lived in France, Italy and Spain. The food from all of those areas inspired his menu, which spotlighted old, classic dishes with a twist or two added.
They opened the original Casablanca in 2015 in the nearby Northgate Center. In 2018, they moved to Barlow Shopping Plaza to open a much larger piano bar-style restaurant. The kitchen was larger than the entire Northgate restaurant space.
For those keeping track, here’s a quick rundown of some of the restaurants and bars the Med City has lost, at least temporarily, during the pandemic:
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