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No More Apple Martinis: Lola's In West Hollywood Closing After 17 Years
Say it ain't so! After 17 years, West Hollywood staple Lola's, which was rumored to have started the apple martini craze, is closing its doors on September 8, LA Weekly, "I'm retiring with all my chips (and more) and at the top of my game. What better time to take a bow and leave the stage but after a long-running, strong performance? Lola's was a great run and it has been our loyal following that made it such a fun place to work."
Lola's was renowned for its apple martinis. (Photo via Facebook)
Lola's has been a "woman-owned business in a man's world," PR rep Henry Eshelman said in a email to loyal customers. He also touted its signature apple martinis and that it was one of the first bars to offer an extensive list of flavored martinis. Word once was, cops asked the bar to cut off patrons who were getting into accidents on their way home from Lola's after one too many apple martinis: Seems they didn't realize how much the sweet drink snuck up on them.
The bar hosted Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love series and is where Lost star Josh Holloway met his future wife. It's been a place to gather for presidential debates and to watch The Sopranos if you didn't have HBO.
In a site promoting "Last Call at Lola's," the restaurant encouraged people to come have "one more Original Apple Martini, one more dinner, one more Happy Hour, one more Bottomless Brunch ... one more night to remember!"
The closing weekend schedule is Thursday, Sept. 5, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 8, for brunch from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.