The restaurant group behind Yvonne’s, Ruka, and Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar always goes big when it comes to design: bold colors, luxurious leather, flashy artwork, the works. The group’s newest restaurant, a second Lolita, is no exception.
Opening on Saturday, October 14, in Fort Point (253 Summer St., Boston), the new Lolita is twice as large as its older Back Bay sibling, sprawling through prime real estate right on the water in a space below the main street level, accessible by a staircase from Summer Street. And true to form, the newest member of the COJE Management Group has a visually distinctive vibe, from bright red chandeliers throughout to colorful stained glass behind the bar, not to mention a portion of the ceiling covered entirely with skulls. There are several large murals as well. Read on for a glimpse into the space, which was designed by the restaurant’s managing partners Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta.
The project was first announced back in January 2016. As reported at the time, this isn’t the neighborhood’s only Mexican restaurant; in fact, there’s a Papagayo location a short stroll down the street. But Lolita is poised to hold its own in the bustling neighborhood with a substantial tequila selection (not to mention pitchers of margaritas and frozen margaritas, or “frolitas,” and sangria served by porron), an attractive semi-private dining space, a patio on the water (debuting in 2018), and a fun menu that ranges from octopus tacos to turkey taquitos, lobster fideos to three kinds of guacamole.
Culinary director Tom Berry and chef Heli Silva are behind the menu, which is a little larger than the Back Bay version and includes the addition of house-made flour tortillas thanks to the expanded kitchen space. (Corn tortillas are available upon request.)
Here’s a peek at the opening menu, subject to change:
There are also three dessert options: Nutella-glazed hot “churritos” with caramelized banana ice cream and shaved Mexican chocolate; pineapple tres leches cake with pina colada ice cream, dulce de leche, and coconut-almond crujido; and a Mexican chocolate and cheese flan cake with Mexican mud pie ice cream and hibiscus caramel.
To start, Lolita is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight daily. Tacos and guac are available until 1 a.m., and closing time is at 2 a.m. In the near future, weekday lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) will also begin.
And keep an eye out for the group’s other upcoming projects: a mysterious downtown restaurant with a cigar bar and private members-only club, as well as Matadora out in Woburn — a Spanish restaurant within the Hilton Boston-Woburn hotel.
• Lolita Fort Point Coverage on Eater [EBOS]