CIA-grad Ed Kowalski has been prolific in the last few years. The light homemade lunch fare at his flagship Poughkeepsie restaurant, Lola’s Cafe, were such a hit that in 2017, he opened a second location in New Paltz. And last June, he opened Lolita’s Pizza beneath Walkway Over the Hudson
Kowalski founded Lola’s in 2005, as a casual, health-supportive alternative to fast food restaurants. Locals quickly came to love the menu’s locally sourced, made-to-order sandwiches, salads, bowls, and homemade soups. After 12 years of success at the original Walkway Over the Hudson location, the owner Ed Kowalski set his sights on the bustling college town of New Paltz. Lola’s Ulster County location on the corner of Main and North Chestnut Street, formerly the home of Neko Sushi, features a large dining room and outdoor patio ideal for people-watching. Although that spot has been home to revolving door of bars and restaurants throughout the past few years, Lola’s strong launch made it clear from the get-go that the little lunch cafe was here to stay.
Although many students and townies take advantage of the balcony seating and signature bowls and wraps, many don’t know that Lola’s can also be enjoyed in their own backyard as both Lola’s locations offers both on- and off-site catering. “We can do any size party from 10 people to 100, backyard cookouts to barn weddings—we provide total catering services,” Kowalski says. Their menu shifts depending on the availability of ingredients, based on locality and seasonality in the Hudson Valley. Lola’s caters celebrations, graduations, retirements, and even group business lunches.
For lunch, Lola’s offers three options ranging from $12 to $16 per person. If you’re looking for catering services for your wedding, Lola brings style and sophistication with their food. Lola’s uses local ingredients and offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well as wine and beer. With two successful locations and a base of loyal customers, Lola’s makes every meal fast and casual, without sacrificing quality and taste.
Inquire about your own private event and bring the Lola’s speciality selections to your backyard.