Restauration. Portfolio. Kafe Neo. Lola’s. That’s just the beginning. Get ready to enjoy Retro Row’s finest all at once on September 26, when dozens of restaurants and stores are slated to open for a happy hour celebrating the end of the summer.
The Social List, 4th Street’s soon-to-be newest addition, was born in a car on the way to Santa Barbara. On a whim. Before watching New Order play live. How appropriate.
Maria Delores Navarro—referred to by friends and family simply as “Lola”—came to Long Beach from Guadalajara in 1972 with nothing but fifty bucks and the dream of opening a restaurant. Little did she know that her dream, which became tangible with the opening of Lola’s Mexican Cuisine on Retro Row, would be celebrating its sixth year running today.
The newly minted Peruvian joint, Ají, keeps a straight-lined menu that offers clean, contemporary takes on classic Peruvian dishes—albeit sometimes a tad too pricey and sometimes a bit too contemporized.