After 15 years in Denver and five years in Boulder before that, Lola Coastal Mexican is well off, to re-launch as a next fried chicken and beer joint.
The Mexican restaurant was a long-running idea behind the same boulder-based owners behind Jacques Fish House and Oyster Bar, Centro Mexican Kitchen and West End Tavern.
“Jane Brawls (Managing Partner), Dana Query and I deeply appreciate Lola for all the support and encouragement for her first four years at South Pearl (Street) and the last 15 at 16th and her corner in Boulder Street,” Big Red F Restaurant. The group’s chef and founder Dave Query said in a release addressed to fans.
“And special thanks and everlasting appreciation to all the amazing chefs and tireless front house staff who have done this work, so hard to make Lola a success over the last two decades,” he added. “We couldn’t do anything without you.”
Query’s Big Red F restaurant group announced the restaurant’s closure on Monday, adding that another popular Big Red F idea will soon take its place. Post Chicken & Beer specializes in “thigh fried”, fried chicken sandwiches and chicken and waffles among other dinners, salads and side dishes. It already sells house-brewed beer at six locations in the front range.
“We are confident that our gluten-free, Colorado-style fried bird, farm-fresh side, and food-friendly crafts will find a great home in this growing neighborhood,” Query says of The Post.
Query and his team redesigned Lola’s design and menu in 2014, less than a year before the Denver restaurant closed due to the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic. At the time, Lola was off for a week for renovations and welcomed a new chef, Javier Placenta, who redesigned the menu with Baja, Mexican food and Mediterranean influences.
Then, after being closed again due to Covid-1 to, Lola reopened with a new walk-up window for takeout and delivery options and outdoor services. The restaurant has become creative with pop-up events, including The Tender Project, which sells chicken tenders, “thigh fried” and house dipping sauces to customers for quick and easy takeout options during epidemics.
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