|Mourad Lahlou, photo courtesy Aziza|
Unlike his original plan of going even more upscale, Lahlou tells the Chronicle that the new Moroccan restaurant will showcase a more approachable menu than what’s currently at Aziza and won’t feature a tasting menu, adding, “I don’t want the space to be a shrine. I want a good vibe.” An opening date is still a year away and the name is still TBD though he hints that “Aziza” and “Mourad” are two possibilities being batted around. As for the fate of the Geary St. and 22nd Ave space that currently houses Aziza, Lahlou expects to maintain a restaurant of some kind there for some (he still has 22 years left on his lease), though he might change the name or concept (with the Scoop suggesting a potential Moroccan Jewish restaurant). For a sneak peek of Olle Lundberg’s preliminary restaurant floor plans, check out the full article.