More than five months later, the 15-year-old restaurant remains shuttered, leading some Richmond neighbors to speculate that chef Mourad Lahlou might have decided to let go of Aziza and focus on his newer, glitzier downtown restaurant, Mourad.
But Lahlou promises that Aziza will return to the Richmond, although the renovation timeline has been pushed back significantly—to late winter or early spring 2017.
"They are looking to do a more in-depth renovation of the site than originally planned," said spokesperson Kristine Keefer. "They are in the process of brainstorming on totally re-configuring the dining room and bar."
As for whether the food will stay the same, "there will definitely be elements of the old menu, but [Lahlou] will be introducing some new options as well," Keefer said.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more. In the meantime, Richmond restaurant-goers seeking a Moroccan menu can sample the wares practically around the corner, at El Mansour.
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