Star chef Mourad Lahlou is opening a Moroccan street food restaurant in Napa

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Famed San Francisco chef and restaurateur Mourad Lahlou, the man behind acclaimed spots Aziza and Mourad, is gearing up to open his first wine country restaurant this summer.

Moro Napa, located inside the city’s Oxbow Public Market, will be a casual spot dedicated to Moroccan street food. Lahlou modeled the restaurant on the food stalls at Jemaa el-Fnaa, a popular night market he frequented growing up in Marrakesh.

“The hustle, the energy, the smoke up in the air. It’s theatre, it’s comedy, there are bands playing music every night. I want to recreate that vibe,” said Lahlou.

Lahlou hasn’t finalized the menu, but said it will focus on grilled meats served alongside flatbreads, fresh salads, wraps and spreads, like those served at Aziza (white bean with vadouvan oil, piquillo peppers and almond and dill-lebni with smoked trout roe). “It’s food that people can enjoy multiple times a week,” he said. “I dont want people to come just once a month.”

Lahlou decided to open Moro following a temporary relocation to Napa during the pandemic. He regularly visited Oxbow and wanted to retain some type of connection to the city following his move back to San Francisco. When a space opened up at the market last spring, Lahlou jumped at the opportunity.

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