Now Open: Casablanca The Restaurant and MORE!

Marrakesh becomes Casablanca

Marrakesh in Costa Mesa is now Casablanca The Restaurant, serving the same Maghreb cuisine as before. The menu includes traditional tagines and couscous. Belly dancers still provide entertainment on some nights. 1976 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Go Goo Ryeo in Garden Grove has become Pan Korean BBQ & Shabu Shabu. The restaurant features an $19.99 all-you-can-eat menu of Korean BBQ and ancillary dishes. 8851 Garden Grove Blvd 106-112, Garden Grove, CA 92844

Fatty Tuna at Park Place in Irvine has closed. A new sushi restaurant called Sushi Taka has taken its place. Rolls dominate the menu, but poke bowls and combo plates with chicken, beef, or pork are also offered. 2967 Michelson Dr Ste G, Irvine, CA 92612

A new pho restaurant called Mo Pho Mi has opened in Costa Mesa. Along with beef-based pho, the restaurant offers a vegan pho. Lemongrass chicken and Hainan chicken are also served in rice plates. 1525 Mesa Verde E Ste 114, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

A new Asian tea joint called Peony Tea House has opened in Huntington Beach. Included in the menu of smoothies and tea drinks are appetizers and main entrees such as bulgogi fries and crawfish pasta. 19072 Beach Blvd Ste F, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.

2 Replies to “Now Open: Casablanca The Restaurant and MORE!”

  1. I am the Chief Administrative Officer for Alir, Inc., the corporation that owns Marrakesh Restaurant. Until recently, Marrakesh was doing business at 1976 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa.

    On April 15, you wrote online,

    Marrakesh in Costa Mesa is now Casablanca The Restaurant, serving the
    same Maghreb cuisine as before. The menu includes traditional tagines
    and couscous. Belly dancers still provide entertainment on some nights.
    1976 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

    Casablanca The Restaurant is not associated with Marrakesh or with Alir, Inc. It is a totally different business owned by a different corporation. It opened while Alir was looking for a new location for Marrakesh. Casablanca has been trying to create the impression that it is the same restaurant, copying our concept, referring to “Marrakech” in its advertising, and infringing on our servicemark. Our attorneys have been notified.

    Please do not assist Casablanca The Restaurant in its attempts to confuse the public.

    If you or anyone else at OC Weekly has any questions, I can be reached at my office by mail at 3419 Via Lido, Suite 319, Newport Beach, California 92663 or by phone at (714) 689-0738.

  2. The Marrakesh Restaurant is NOT associated with Casa Blanca Restaurant although Casa Blanca continues to pretend that Marrakesh and Casa Blanca are one in the same. It is confusing to the public because they continue to imply that Marrakesh has something to do with Casa Blanca. They are infringing upon the name in order to promote their business and Attorneys have been notified of the infringement. Please correct this information in your next publication.

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