When Lola Burger closed its doors on Broad Street in the fall of 2011, the island practically went into mourning. No more Lola Burgers or Tuna Burgers or Foie Gras Gravy Fries. It was going to be a long, dreary winter.
This spring, the island buzzed with excitement when word got out that Lola Burger was reopening in new and bigger digs at the Milestone Rotary. Now, whether you’re headed into town, to the airport, to Sconset, or to mid-island, you can easily pull over and stop for one of these famous burgers!
The genius behind Lola Burger (as well as Lola 41° and Pazzo) is Marco Coelho, who says “It has always been my goal to reopen Lola Burger. The Rotary gives us more space in a great location, and I think it’s the perfect place to offer Lola Burgers, beer, wine, and a larger menu with new additions.”
Even with the summer season coming to a close, when we got to Lola Burger for dinner last week, the place was packed. It’s a brilliant idea to offer free valet parking both for lunch and dinner during the summertime, so there was no trouble parking. We just pulled in, stopped by the valet station for our ticket, and then headed into the restaurant.
Last year The Rotary restaurant changed hands and was completely refurbished (rebuilt, from the look of it), so if you are envisioning the run-down place that you remember passing by on your way to somewhere else, take a second look. The new restaurant is inviting, with a wrap-around deck, market umbrellas, and intriguing tower heaters that glow warmly in the chill of the evening. There’s even a back patio with umbrellas and comfy couches.
Enter through one door, and you’ll be in the takeout area, with chalkboard walls and designed and staffed for fast service. Walk across the front deck, and enter through the restaurant door, and you will find yourself in a bistro style dining area with a 7-seat bar at the back. Lola Burger serves a modest but well-matched selection of wines and a great choice of beers. Because so many of the craft beers offered are small batch, the selection changes frequently. So if your favorite Hell or High Watermelon is off the list, your server can recommend something new to try.
Families are welcomed at Lola Burger, and at the start of our early dinner (6 pm) most of the granite top patio tables and front picnic tables were occupied by parents with youngsters. By 7:30 or so, the families had gone home and the indoor bar was hopping—Lola Burger had transformed from a family burger joint to a fun nightspot.
Robert Boslow, executive chef for Lola 41° and Pazzo Restaurants, oversees the kitchen at Lola Burger and created the menu with Marco. The focus is on burgers, with lots of opportunities to mix and match. With 7 specialty burgers and sandwiches, four sauces, six different types of cheese, and extras that include applewood smoked bacon, fried organic egg, grilled mushrooms and onions, avocado, red onion compote, sweet peppers and onions, sunomono, and kim chi, you could eat here every night for a month and never repeat a dish. Did I mention they have an award-winning classic New England Lobster Roll, too?
Don’t wait head over to Lola Burger—they are not promising to be open past Columbus Day (but we hope they are). If they do close for the winter, you can still order both the Lola Burger and their Tuna Burger at Lola 41. And, if you’re in Boston, you’ll be able to enjoy them at their new Back Bay location, slated to open later this year. Watch their website for updates: www.lola41.com.
1 Sparks Avenue • lolaburger.com • 508-228-9491
Open Daily from 11 am to 10 pm
Burgers range in price from $7.75 to $24
Beer & Wine • Indoor & Outdoor Dining
Free Valet Parking during the summer
Entire menu is available for takeout • Major Credit Cards Accepted