Back in July, longtime Harvard Square landmark Casablanca announced that it would close at the end of August, and then rumors flew about Dante DeMagistris (Dante, Il Casale) rescuing it - or opening a new restaurant in the space. Then, the restaurant quietly updated its closing plans to the end of September...or beyond. The most recent update on the restaurant's website reads "Casablanca will remain open untill [sic] the end of the year, at least," and the previously reported September job posting on Craigslist remains live, advertising for part-time employees to help the restaurant "go out in style" as it "possibly" closes in the coming months.
The Casablanca website contains some FAQs about the closing. Regarding late artist David Omar White's extensive murals covering the walls, Casablanca's owner Sari Abul-Jubein writes, "The future of the artwork is being handled with the utmost respect and consideration. Nothing has been finalized."
Meanwhile, the restaurant is continuing to operate as usual, even adding in some new fall dishes, such as a cider-glazed pork chop, and fall cocktails, according to Casablanca's Facebook page.