[Photos: Patricia Chang]
Five months after Loló made its big move to Valencia Street, the restaurant's former 22nd Street space will reopen this evening as Loló Cevichería. Chef/owner Jorge Martínez has tapped Alberto Pitman to run the kitchen while Martínez continues to helm the new Loló. Pitman has a strong background in modern Mexican cooking, having logged time at Mexico City's acclaimed Pujol in Mexico City and Ensenada's high-end La Manzanilla.
Loló's new incarnation features a more low-key menu than the original, with a focus on tacos, small plates, and of course, a variety of ceviches. In the tapas department, look for dishes like sopes de mole, a selection of Peruvian-style causas, and deep-fried quesadillas. Taco options run the gamut from beef tongue, pork belly, seared tuna and more, and the ceviche spread includes five different iterations of the seafood dish, some of which come from recipes shared by Corina Vargas, the mother of assistant GM Roberto Bocanegra. Longtime Loló fans will also find a few of the restaurant's classics, like the taco tropical and tuna tacon. Here's the full menu.
Since Loló's liquor license went with it to Valencia Street, bar managers David Gallardo and Leon Vasquezv have put together a low-proof drinks menu that features red and white sangria, wine margarita slushies, and port tonics, in addition to wine and beer.
Designed by partner Lorena Zertuche, Loló's colorful spin-off has the same eye-popping aesthetics as the original, with tropical-print wallpaper, pendants fashioned from plastic pails, a red wall adorned with legions of fish, and toucan-themed embellishments. As former fans will remember, it's a cozy space, with 44 seats inside (including 11 at the bar), and 16 more on the patio. Beginning today, Loló Cevichería will be open Monday-Thursday, 6pm-11pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5:30pm-midnight.