- Neighborhood: Center City East, Midtown Village
- 106 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-546-7100
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- Cuisine: Mexican
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Meals Served: Dinner, Lunch
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are still a couple of weeks away from opening the re-vamp of their first restaurant, modern Mexican Lolita, but the place already has polish to spare and we were lucky to get an early glimpse.
Safran and Turney have transformed Lolita–once a narrow, rectangular, rosy-hued room with an open kitchen smushed in to the middle of the space–to a layout that feels much more open. While it is, of course, still narrow, the kitchen and bar now run along one side of the room, creating ample bar seating that affords a primo view of cocktails being shaken, tortillas being rolled (on a Mexican machine complete with menacing safety illustrations), and meat sizzling shawarma-style on a vertical roaster.
Well there’s finally word on what’s going on with Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s Lolita in the Gayborhood. The 10-year-old Mexican restaurant closed for renovations last August, and is expected to re-open this spring “with a fresh look, a new Mexican street food-inspired menu and a full liquor license.” Here’s more on the food, drinks and the new look from a press release:
Lolita is now officially closed for renovations and the restaurant is selling its chairs, glasses and plates. In addition to the bargain furnishings and tableware from Lolita, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran will also be offering 50% off items from Verde and Open House.
The sale starts at noon and runs till 6:30 p.m.