Lola Is Down, But Claims Not to Be Out

Ever since Lola closed a month ago after an epic fight with the community about its right to serve liquor and host live music (racially motivated, the owners told the Observer), the restaurant has kept its outside lights on as if in vigil, and now it has posted a one-page missive on its front windows. We’ll spare you the full letter, but it claims that when the soul-food spot finally gained the right to live music, profits rose, but by then “it was too little, too late. We fell behind on rent and had to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy to stay in business.” The letter continues: “We now intend to focus on moving forward which may include re-opening the restaurant in a different location in the city we love.” (The restaurant has already closed twice, the first time in Chelsea in 2004.) And: “To raise the capital that will allow us to start anew will take great effort but we are up for the challenge.” Send an e-mail to if you’d like to be an investor!

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