While Harvard Square's sixty-year-old Casablanca was initially slated to close by the end of August, it is now remaining open through at least the end of September, but maybe even beyond. An updated message on the Casablanca website from owner Sari Abul-Jubein answers the most frequently asked question: what will happen to the huge murals by late artist David Omar White that cover the walls of the restaurant? "The matter of the artwork is being handled with the utmost care and consideration," writes Abul-Jubein. "No definitives as of yet."
Despite the impending planned closure, Casablanca is looking to bring on some part-time front-of-house staff to help the restaurant "go out in style," according to a Craigslist posting yesterday. The posting stresses that the restaurant is "possibly closing soon," noting that they are currently operating on a month-to-month basis and looking at the "possibility" - there's that word again - "of closing late fall."