There is now a bit of North Africa in Chelsea Square with the opening last Friday of Casablanca – part bakery, part café, part grocery store and restaurant all wrapped into one.
Located on the street level in one of Chelsea Square’s oldest buildings at 222 Broadway, Casablanca is definitely unique and tends to promote the Moroccan North African culture with a dash of French culture as well.
For instance, Casablanca’s baker is Moroccan but speaks fluent French – and the baking – is all French.
Bagets are light and airy. Pastries are designed and light, typically French in style with a serendipitous selection.
The buffet, which is available for lunch and dinner is a world class mixture, certain to please all who come through the door.
Making this place most unique is that espresso and cappuccino are now available which is certain to liven up the evenings for many residents looking for such coffee based treats.
Then there is the grocery store element.
Casablanca carries all the basics for local residents.
During the opening Friday, many local officials including City Manager Jay Ash, Representative Paul Donato and Chelsea City Council President Leo Robinson stopped by to wish everyone the best and to cut the ribbon celebrating the official opening.
Most of the employees in all the various departments at Casablanca are related – and so – it is essentially a family affair.
Partners in the venture are Mohammed Oumarhouch and Atef Abdelwahab.
Oumarhouch is a longtime Chelsea businessmen and best known for the 7/11 across from the Chelsea District Court.