Little Lola is growing up, and she’s taking over Phoenix. Entering her gangly tween years, we might be calling the next concept Lourdes (but let us hope never Lolita).

Small success after small success, Daniel Wayne, the former brains behind such beloved Midtown Phoenix institutions Lux Coffeebar, Lola Tapas, and LT’s accouterment Lola Roastery (as in coffee not chicken), has once again entered the local ring of food and drink.

After a proper renovation, Lola Coffee has set up shop in the center of one of Midtown’s hippest (and most eclectic) shopping plazas.

Located on the NWC of Central Ave and Highland, Lola bunks with several well-known Midtown friends who also reside in the small, but new-again strip center. Most notably, long time rental institution Movies On Central, upscale and fashionable Haus Modern Living home store, trendy pet boutique Oliver & Annie, and what has become Phoenix’s go-to gay trinket and bauble store Unique On Central.

Also coming late this summer, another highly anticipated restaurant will be opening in the same plaza, a branch of California’s popular kitschy, island-themed Hula’s Modern Tiki. We’re talking coolness overload.

And another parking nightmare.

Though primarily a java-driven establishment, Lola Coffee also serves its house-roasted blends with pastries and other sweet nothings, courtesy of Danielle Librera of Sweet Pea Bakery fame.

Much like Mister Wayne’s former coffee gold mine down the street (Lux, shhh), Lola’s atmosphere and aesthetics also effortlessly blend the overtly hip with straightforward comfort. Just to be safe however, if you happen to travel with any personal electronics that are not Apple-branded, Starbucks may still be a better option.

Some things always go without saying.

Website by Lola, coming soon? Open daily at 7am.

Lola Coffee | 4700 N. Central | Midtown Phoenix | 602-265-5652

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