Legions of students, professors, artists, and other hungry Cantabrigians have patronized the Brattle Street restaurant over the years, socializing over Turkish meze, grilled shrimp, smoked lamb shoulder, and their fair share of alcoholic beverages. Casablanca has also been a training ground for young chefs, with people such as Ana Sortun, Marc Orfaly, Andy Husbands, and Laura Brennan passing through the kitchen.
Casablanca is part of old Harvard Square, an area of independent businesses and individuality. It's becoming increasingly harder to see that neighborhood for the glossy chain stores that have moved in. Still, it's there.
So who will take over Casablanca? The right person could continue its legacy, while spiffing it up and modernizing things just the right amount. Imagine Sortun back in that kitchen again...
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