Lola Coastal Mexican redesign, new chef and new menu in LoHi Denver

After 13 years doing business in Lower Highland, followed by a week closed for renovations, Lola restaurant has reopened with a shiny, new reality-TV-style makeover.

The restaurant got a redesign this month by Hollywood designer Kari Whitman. It also got a brand new chef, plus a menu overhaul (with not a single former item left intact), featuring dishes from Baja, Mexico, blended with the Mediterranean.

Chef Javier Plascencia was previously a James Beard Award nominee for best new restaurant for his Bracero Cocina de Raíz in San Diego. Now he’s making Denverites Tijuana Caesar salads, Yellowfin tuna aguachiles and shrimp and octopus tacos.