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Rock the Casbah

Did you know that the restaraunt you’re standing outside- The Casbah- has been occupied by many different businesses, but they’ve all somehow kept the same name?

Currently The Casbah is primarily used for The Burger Stand, one of the best places to get burgers in Lawrence The US  THE ENTIRE WORLD THE UNIVERSE, but before that it was a vegetarian market. The Casbah & Nice Cafe resided here until sometime post-2009, when the burger stand moved in. On the lower level of the Casbah, there was an art studio with art for sale!

The Casbah Market is a new ALL vegetarian grocery store specializing in affordable organic and local produce and packaged goods. Not your typical grocery store, the Casbah is decorated with highly polished natural wood, hand-blown glass lighting, and off-beat artwork. There is also the Jamaican-inspired Nice Café located inside the store that is very nearly all organic and mostly vegan. The menu features a jerk-style tofu, rice and peas, terrific salads, fresh juices, and much more. It is primarily take-out, but all the to-go containers are 100 percent compostable and made from renewable resources. The café is also available for catering.


Before that, The Casbah has housed LuLu’s Noodles, which eventually moved to the Westport-Kansas City area, and has now become very successful. See more here:

Before even that existed, The Casbah was a bead and bohemian clothing store,

Ahh, the Casbah. Back in the day I remember when the Casbah was a bead store! That’s right. No organic goodies, no freaky downstairs art, just beads and clothes and maybe some art and of course, that squeaky floor.


One of the greatest things about Lawrence is it’s rich history and culture. The Casbah is just one example of a location on Mass that has gone through transformation after transformation of perfect niche for the current community culture.

(c) John Steinmetz

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