There is yet another new concept at Oak Cliff of Exxir Hospitality, the real estate development, design and hospitality group behind Paradiso, Botanist and Tejas: Called Casablanca, it’s a bar that opens at 200 N. Bishop Ave. # 113, where he will serve handcrafted cocktails and plates to share, in a vibrant decorated atmosphere.
According to a statement, it will open at the end of October.
Exxir CEO Michael Nazerian said in a statement that he will transport you to a “vintage and exotic world steeped in ’70s glamor.”
“It’s a place to get away from it all and celebrate everyday moments with your friends while allowing you to mingle with the most diverse and interesting crowd in Dallas,” said Nazerin. “The menu is accessible or as exotic as you like, ranging from frozen piña coladas with Balinese popcorn chicken to Moroccan rum tea service with cardamom lamb skewers from our award-winning Beverage Manager Iluggy Recinos and by Chef Nick Hurry. “
Decor draws on details and inspiration from Moorish design, Moroccan motif, Balinese island influences, craftsmanship, and greenery, in both indoor and outdoor spaces, including a courtyard with a tiled reflecting pool .
The release calls the outdoor patio a tropical jungle oasis, with landscaping inspired by Tulum’s beachfront restaurants. You’ll find saturated colors, custom-designed concrete tiles, terracotta pottery, traditional wool rugs, woven raffia pendants, and intricately carved woodwork throughout Casablanca’s spaces.
Executive Chef Nick Hurry calls it the highlight of anything you would get from a long journey through the Silk Road.
“We tried to take inspiration from the food you might find in street stalls in southern China and Malaysia, bazaars in Persia, and smaller shared dishes common in North Africa,” he says.
This includes heavily spiced items and possibly unfamiliar herbs. The goal is that the common and shareable atmosphere of the menu encourages diners to try new things.
It also comes with an element of more and more commentary these days: a speakeasy inside, although they call it a “singeasy”. Its official name is Lala’s, and it’s a ’70s-inspired karaoke lounge, with private rooms lined with wild wall treatments and jewel-toned banquettes, which they hope will become a destination for a fun and intimate night out.