The two-story space, originally home to the Roswell Theatre from 1937 to 1977, features a 22-foot screen projection TV and a space for a band to play upstairs. A motorcycle hangs above one of the restaurant’s two bars, which was built with bricks from the old theater. There’s seating for 188 inside the restaurant and an outdoor patio with seating for about 22, though the patio won’t be open for the first few weeks.
Buildout started two years ago, with the space originally slated to be a second metro Atlanta location of Babalu Tapas & Tacos.
When Roswell-based Eat Here Brands -- the restaurant group that owned Babalu -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Clean Plate took over the location and decided to turn it into Lola’s.
General manager Mike Vecchio said the restaurant will offer dine-in service only at first, with the possibility of takeout down the road.
He said while it’s been stressful to open a restaurant during a pandemic, there’s been lots of support from the Roswell community.
“We’ve had a lot of curveballs thrown at us,” he said. “But we’re here, and we’re ready to open.”
Lola’s hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday Thursday, with a limited bar menu from 9:30-11 p.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, with a limited bar menu from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
944 Canton St., Roswell. 678-503-7007, lolasburgerbar.com/
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