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10The Daily Tar HedMonday, November 2, 1937
offers exotic cmsiinie
Cy VILUAM TAGGART
The exotic taste of Moroccan
cuisine has come to Chapel Hill.
The Casablanca Moroccan Res
taurant, which opened three weeks
ago in Glenwood Shopping Center
on Highway 54, offers authentic
Moroccan food, atmosphere and
service, said Jamal Alavie, manager
There are only about a dozen
authentic Moroccan restaurants in
the country, Alavie said. He said the
owners chose the Chapel Hill location
because of its access to Durham,
Raleigh and Research Triangle Park.
They considered Raleigh as a site, but
Alavie said the city was already
saturated with restaurants.
Because they are so hard to manage
and operate, there are few Moroccan
restaurants, Alavie said. Highly
skilled chefs and waiters are needed
to make the restaurant authentic.
Casablanca's chefs are all from
Morocco, he said. The executive chef
has had over 40 years of experience
in preparing international cuisine,
with his specialty in Moroccan food.
One chefs only duty is to prepare the
homemade pastries that are part of
every meal, he said.
The menu offers a choice of three
seven-course meals at fixed prices.
There is a choice of several entrees
for each meal, and prices range from
$18.95 to $23.25.
Alavie said the prices are not
expensive when one considers that the
customer gets a seven-course meal.
A less expensive lunch menu also is
Included in the price of the meal
is entertainment nightly belly
dancing that Alavie described as
"very clean and exotic."
To help create an authentic Mor
occan atmosphere, most of the
waiters at Casablanca are from the
Middle East. Some are Moroccan,
while others are from Iran, Libya and
Algeria, Alavie said. Many of the
waiters are former UNC students, and
some currently are doing post
graduate work at the University.
The waiters use a special serving
process that is distinctly Moroccan,
Alavie said. This includes a washing
ceremony where the waiter washes the
hands of the customers. This cerem
ony is necessary because the food is
eaten with fingers, he said.
Joseph Etheridge, a junior business
major from Raleigh, is the only
American-born waiter at Casablanca.
He knew Alavie from a previous
restaurant job and was offered a
waiting position when the two men
met by chance several months ago.
Etheridge said he enjoys working
at Casablanca because he meets
people from different countries and
has a chance to learn about their
He said the customers have had a
very favorable response to the special
service they receive from the waiters.
The waiters do not simply bring the
food out; they interact with the
customers, Etheridge said. "It shows
you're putting an effort into the
service," he said.
The customers also like the authen
tic Moroccan atmosphere, he said.
Alavie added that all the furnish
ings and decorations are imported
"Business has been very good for
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A waiter serves customers at Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant
a brand new restaurant," Alavie said. Casablanca's most effective adver- have come to the restaurant, he said, can restaurants may be opened in the
There has been a good response from tising has been word-of-mouth, and Depending on the public's future, Alavie said. Charlotte and
the Triangle area, he added. people from all over North Carolina response, two or three more Moroc- Atlanta are possible locations.
US Air to shape new fleet out of airline merger
From Associated Prat raports
Group Inc. chairman Edwin
Colodny faces the challenge of
combining three airlines, three labor
pools, three training standards and
1 1 types of airplanes in merging with
Piedmont Aviation Inc., a Pied
mont executive says.
The U.S. Department of Trans
portation unanimously approved
the $1.59 billion - merger Friday,
over the objections of an adminis
trative law judge! USAir hopes to '
close the deal Wednesday.
The department focused its
review of the merger on Piedmont
and USAir, but a third company,
Pacific Southwest, is also part of
the jigsaw puzzle created by
A Piedmont executive, who
spoke to the Winston-Salem Jour-
nal on the condition that he not be
identified, said Colodny must rid
the airline of problems, such as huge
inventory costs, that come from
trying to maintain a fleet of such
variety. That means Colodny will
probably sell certain planes and buy
others to make the airline's fleet
more uniform, he said.
"To make all those fit and run
like a Swiss watch," the executive
said, "is where the money is going."
Piedmont has the industry's
largest fleet of Boeing 737s. USAir
flies DC-9s, Fokkers and 737s.
Pacific .Southwest, known as PSA,
flies MD-80s, DC-9& and the smaller
The task of shaping a new fleet
will strain US Air's strong balance
sheet and create an additional need
to train pilots, flight attendants and
mechanics, the executive said. That
bodes well for Piedmont employ
ment in the Triad and could lead
to an increase in traffic coming
through the Thomas D. Davis
training center, he said. ,T' "
Piedmont's maintenance facility
in Winston-Salem is probably
secure for several years.
"Right now, they're going to need
every facility they have," the Pied
mont executive said.
On Aug. 24, an internal Piedmont
memo said the company was con
fident that no full-time or part-time
agents on the payroll as of Aug. 1
would lose their jobs, but there will
Since USAir will keep its head
quarters in the Washington area,
analysts expect to see cuts mainly .
among Piedmont's management
Piedmont will remain an
independent company owned by
USAir until next fall, months after
US Air's deadline of Dec. 31 for
absorbing the last of PSA's 700
pilots into its system.
USAir has already borrowed
heavily to finance its acquisitions
and aircraft purchases. In addition,
it issued 10 million shares of new
stock in May for about $45 a share.
US Air's stock, a victim of October's
stock market fluctuations, closed
Friday at $31.25.
Analysts say that despite opera
tional problems, the merger is
bound to enhance USAir's compet
Louis Marckesano, an analyst
with Janney Montgomery Scott,
said that by channeling some Pied
mont travelers through USAir
routes, the enlarged system will be
stronger than just the two compan
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USAir and Piedmont each run a
highly regarded yield-management
system that uses a complex pricing
structure to extract the maximum
revenue from passengers. Airline
Economics, an industry consulting
firm, said that USAir's and Pied
mont's strength are comparable in
this arena to much larger airlines.
"Size alone is not the greatest
criteria for survival," said Lee
Howard, Airline Economies' exec
utive vice president.
THE CHAPEL HILL
is concerned about the quality of life in all
Chapel Hill neighborhoods. It seeks public
policy that will preserve the special ambiance
of this university town through sensible
growth management. It works for measures
to potect water and air quality in our
community, and it supports efforts to assure
more affordable housing for all income
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