Casablanca Coffee & Grill in Three Locations
The evolution of Casablanca Coffee & Grill from a small coffee shop at 686 Union Avenue (nestled between the hospital and Fairgrounds) to a drive-through restaurant offering a healthy selection of food in three different locations has been an interesting one. In 2006 Chuck Losoya decided he wanted to open a coffee shop. His son Eric, along with Eric’s best friend from high school, Andy Baida, convinced him to make it more than a coffee shop and serve food as well.
With Andy’s love and understanding of the culinary arts, along with some inspiration from his family’s home cooking, he created a menu that was eclectic and unique.
“The concept quickly evolved from a coffee shop that offered food into a quick-serve restaurant with coffee drinks and healthy smoothies,” Andy said. “We also have other delicious treats, so there’s something for everyone.”
In the meantime, Eric had moved to L.A. to work as an actor and artist, but when his dad retired in 2016, he moved back to Grants Pass and took over his interest in the company.
“I was eager to expand the business and open more restaurants with Andy,” Eric said. “In 2017 we opened one in Murphy across from Lincoln Savage Middle School, offering a dine-in experience including a selection of local craft beer and wine. In May of last year, we opened our third location on Williams Highway in the Guild Complex.”
For over 13 years Casablanca has been at the forefront of the movement to go healthy, organic, local and sustainable.
“Using compostable and sustainable packaging, sourcing local produce, beverages and products, we have helped to raise environmental and sustainability awareness in our community,” he said. “Our aim is to serve food with integrity, energizing the mind and body with naturally sourced ingredients. When we say our food is fresh, we mean it, and our goal is to bring you a true farm-to-window experience. And we use organic whenever possible.”
Casablanca’s smoothies are made from 100% organic fruit with no corn syrup or sugar added. They use top quality, locally roasted organic coffee for their espresso.
There are unique items at all three locations. Murphy offers beer, wine and fish tacos; Union has $2 coffee Tuesdays; and the Guild features Sweet Potato Tots. There is patio seating at Union and Guild, and they do catering for special events from all locations.
For more info, the phone number at the Union location is 541-479-2831 (Murphy 541-846-3131; and Guild 541-956-4111). You can also see them at mycasablancagrill.com or on Facebook and Instagram.