Casablanca Restaurant, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is in a building of Spanish Mediterranean Architecture that was restored with tinted plaster walls, forged iron, open beams, re-use iron from vintage train stations and re-cycled lumber for the face of the bar. The overhead beams in the main room were scorched with torches. The terrazzo floors were all re-conditioned by grinding the stone to its original appearance. Restoration of the exterior building was also accomplished with a lyme based tinted stucco paint, using original antique Moroccan lanterns to light the walls. The feel of the original club in the movie, Casablanca, was achieved with yellow bulbs in all the lanterns to resemble candle lighting, palm branch shadows painted on the plaster along with accents of mosaic and restored bentwood furniture.
Photos by Dan Forer