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Lola’s Burger and Tequila Bar opening today in Roswell

A burger from the menu of Lola's Burger and Tequila Bar.
A burger from the menu of Lola's Burger and Tequila Bar.

A new spot for burgers, Latin-inspired entrees and tequila opens today for dinner in downtown Roswell.

The menu features a variety of appetizers, wings, burgers, salads, sandwiches, sides, entrees and desserts.

Highlights include the Lola’s Crispy Fried Onion Loaf, a breaded Vidalia onion fried into a loaf that can be ordered loaded (with queso, bacon and chives) and kicked up (with fried jalapeno); carne asada sandwich; paella for four; and roasted carnitas.

On the beverage side, look for a selection of wines, beers, bourbons and whiskeys, margaritas, martinis, craft cocktails and tequilas, including

The restaurant is an upscale version of Lola's Burrito and Burger Joint in Jacksonville, Florida. Both restaurants are part of the Clean Plate Restaurants group, which also owns NOCA Eatery and Bar and Zest in Roswell, as well as several other concepts in North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Ohio, Texas and Arkansas.

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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