Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas opens
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Two well-known cooks with a long history of preparing tasty steaks and prime rib have reunited at Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas, 140 S. 25th St. This latest addition to Fort Dodge’s blossoming restaurant world is owned by Alfonso Galvan, who also owns Lomitas Mexican Restaurant 2223 Fifth Ave. S.
Gregg Harris and Jim Nicola are the managers and lead cooks at this new enterprise. The two have worked together for nearly a quarter century, first at The Cellar and most recently at Eilers Steakhouse.
Over the decades the steaks and prime rib that are their specialty have been big draws for beef lovers not only from Fort Dodge but also many neighboring communities.
The availability of Harris and Nicola to lead Galvan’s new business venture came about because Eilers Steakhouse closed in March. Galvan said that created a void in a sector of the restaurant marketplace that he sought to fill by establishing a bar and grill in the property that had housed Lomitas Mexican Restaurant prior to its move to the city’s booming Corridor of Commerce in 2016.
Galvan said the cooking prowess of Harris and Nicola was well known in the community. He said many of his customers at Lomitas told him they missed the wonderful steaks and scrumptious prime rib that Harris and Nicola had prepared for them at Eilers Steakhouse and before that The Cellar over the years. Galvan said he approached the two about overseeing his new venture and recreating the superb beef offerings that attracting such loyal customers. They agreed to come on board.