On the 29th of January 1955, Smittys Teapot, in Brakpan, was taken over & transformed into Casbah Roadhouse by Sylvia Kongos and her brother Peter Theologo. The other brothers, Evangelo (Ponch), Russel (Lucky), Costa & Johnny soon joined them.
The name “Casbah” was taken from the show Casablanca.
After gaining experience in that first family venture, the brothers went their separate ways and opened their own roadhouses.
Evangelo, or Ponch as he was known, started his roadhouse career in Brakpan, but then went on to open roadhouses in Alberton, Wemmer Pan, Johannesburg, Malvern, Benoni, Vereeniging, Krugersdorp and Port Elizabeth.
Ponch always believed in VFM. Value for money. Everything that you made for a customer you had to make as if you were making it for a friend.
Evangelo (Ponch) Theologo is known as the “King of Roadhouses”.