Come January, the shop will expand its menu to include beer, wine and bites. Eventually, the space will be home to live DJ sets, pop-up events and dinners.
"It’s just a coffee bar with something different for downtown," said Lola owner Ian McNab. A music business industry veteran, McNab worked in cities including Austin, New Orleans and New York before returning to San Antonio in 2017.
“This journey has made me appreciate San Antonio a lot more and I’m excited to be a part of what’s happening here,” he said. “I think people think there’s a lot of coffee places already but I think there’s room for different voices.”
The name Lola is a nod to the downtown disco scene of New York City during the '70s, and a tribute to singer Lola Blank and influential musician Arthur Russell, McNab said.
The coffeeshop currently operates from 8 a.m. to noon, but plans to expand its hours in the new year. For more information or updates, follow @lolasanantonio on Instagram.