Lola’s Restaurant in uptown Charlotte is staying open, at least for the time being.
The Southern-style restaurant at the corner of Brevard Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard was supposed to close at the end of April, before building Stream Realty Partners began constructing a new atrium for the building.
Instead, Stream is letting the restaurant stay put and operate around the construction, owner Bruce Stewart said. If and when the construction gets in the way of normal business, Stewart said, Lola’s could operate as a solely to-go restaurant, or from a food truck the restaurant owns.
“It’s nice they’re willing to work with us,” Steward said of Stream after a recent meeting with his landlords. “I don’t get that feeling that we’re going to be kicked out cold.”
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The fix is temporary, but it bought Lola’s a little more time before the restaurant gets situated somewhere else, Stewart said of his agreement with Stream.
Lola’s is a popular lunch destination for the workers in uptown Charlotte. It’s also a favorite of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who has served Thanksgiving Dinner there for years to women and children from the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope.
Stream bought the former AT&T building last August for $45.5 million and is planning extensive renovations, including a new facade, redesigned entrances, new lobbies and restrooms and new retail. The building is now called 300 South Brevard.