Our History

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”.

James Dean Stars in the movie East of Eden, and dies in a motor accident, Rock and roll music popularity increases featuring Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry and the Platters.

First Guinness Book of World Records Published, Ray Kroc starts the McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain and CASBAH WAS BORN OPENING ITS FIRST ROADHOUSE & DINER.

Other famous birthdays include:-
Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Jobs & Bill Gates.

The first fish fingers are marketed and CASBAH introduces its Legendary KING CASBAH BURGER.

Political leaders included Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill and the leader in food innovation was CASBAH – “Affordable quality food for everyone”.