Lola's Cafe now open in Lake Oswego
Despite delays and COVID-19 setbacks, Lola's Cafe Bar is now open at the Beacon Lake Oswego building in the downtown area.
The restaurant opened Saturday, Nov. 7, at 525 Third St.
Joe Buck, who also owns Babica Hen Cafe, Gubanc's Restaurant and now Lola's, has created an environment of grab-and-go opportunities and a casual space for people to gather in the afternoon for happy hour.
"It felt like the weekend went really well," Buck said. "We wanted to have a gradual opening too, especially with COVID, to get the team oriented to all the safety precautions as well as to learn the ins and outs of the service in an environment that isn't too overwhelming all at once."
Lola's was designed pre-pandemic with a large covered and heated outdoor space. And between outdoor and indoor seating, Buck said there's roughly 13 available tables right now.
According to Buck, the idea behind the restaurant is to provide the community with food that will fuel — and not send people into afternoon food comas — while also providing people with quick, easy options.
The cafe bar also has a retail component, selling items by local vendors centered around sustainability.
"We have procured a lot of special gift items kind of centered around sustainability that are from local businesses with an emphasis on women and minority-owned businesses," Buck said. "(We are) trying to give smaller businesses in the Portland area, especially those that don't have a presence in Lake Oswego, an opening to the community here."
People can purchase individual items ranging from reusable containers to products for pets, home decor and gift boxes that include a variety of items for any special occasion.
Lola's is open for breakfast, lunch and happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. every day and includes a full cocktail menu with draft beer and wine options also available.
"We're going to be open Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays and then we do the happy hour Tuesday through Saturday," Buck said.
Cafe hours will be 7 a.m to 6 p.m., with Sundays closing at 3 p.m.
"We're excited to be open in the neighborhood, (and are) looking forward to people coming in," Buck said.
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