SILVER LAKE –– For nearly 20 years, the Casbah Cafe attracted a loyal clientele that sipped coffee and snacked on pastries in the Moroccan themed interior or took a seat at sidewalk tables sheltered by vines and greenery. But this week, Casbah’s customers have been left to wonder what happened after the cafe failed to open and a large leasing sign was hung over the arched and now gated entrance.
A worker who was cleaning out the interior of the cafe today indicated that Casbah, which opened in 1997 at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, was not going to reopen. Some customers said the Sunset Junction cafe was open on Sunday but was closed without warning on Monday. Emails and calls to the cafe went unanswered.
The approximately 1,800 square-foot space is now available for lease at an undisclosed rate, according to a listing on LoopNet.
David Goodman, a Casbah regular since moving into Silver Lake in 2001, the cafe had a welcoming vibe.
“For more than a year my daughter and I have been going every Tuesday night for mint tea and chocolate cake so she can do her homework while my son has his music lessons at the nearby Silverlake Conservatory,” Goodman said in an email. “It was one of the last holdovers from a version of Silverlake that is disappearing all too fast — only to be replaced by pressed juice bars and $5 lattes. The neighborhood just won’t be the same without it.”
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