There is more action in the hot Port Orange restaurant scene.
It isn't a new location, but it will be a newly styled eatery in an old location. After 12 years, Monterey Grill at The Shoppes at Yorktowne will be shuttered, redesigned and reopened as Lola's Cantina & Burger Bar.
The owner will remain the same, Clean Plate Restaurants.
Lola's Cantina & Burger Bar will offer authentic Latin food with burgers. It will be “a variety of tacos, burritos, burgers and empanadas,” said Kathryn Radtke, marketing director for Clean Plate Restaurants. “We are really excited for the new concept.”
Clean Plate Restaurants is “anticipating the first week of January to close Monterey,” Ms. Radtke said. “We are hoping for a pretty quick change over from Monterey to Lola’s and excited to bring the new brand to Port Orange.”
If Monterey Grill does close in the first week of January, the hope is Lola's Cantina & Burger Bar will be open by early February.
The redesign of the space will bring a “fun atmosphere,” Ms. Radtke explained. Patron's can expect to see a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling, multiple televisions throughout with “an expanded patio in the front.”
Clean Plates Restaurants is aiming for Lola's to exude a “new, refreshed, fun vibe,” she said. In that light, not only will the patio be expanded, but “I believe they are expanding the bar out,” she said. The new bar will list a large variety of margaritas, local beers and wine.
Lola's Cantina & Burger Bar joins a rapidly changing and diverse restaurant scene in Port Orange. Clean Eatz, Dahlia Mexican Kitchen, Fysh Bar and Grill and The Proud Crab are a few of the highlight openings this year. Copperline Coffee and Cafe expanded and, in the near future, there will be a Korean Barbecue restaurant in the former space of Mellow Mushroom.
This isn't Clean Plates Restaurants first venture combining Latin food and burgers. In Roswell, Ga., it owns Lola's Burger & Tequila Bar, and in 2020 opened Lola's Burrito and Burger Joint in Jacksonville.
The firm also owns another Port Orange restaurant, Malibu Beach Grill in The Pavilion at Port Orange. There are no plans to change that eatery. It will remain as is, Ms. Radtke said. There is good news for fans of Monterey Grill; some of Monterey's menu will be sent over to Malibu Beach Grill.
Ms. Radtke described the motivation for bringing in Lola's Cantina & Burger Bar and moving out Monterey Grill as “looking to refresh, bring some excitement to the area, bring something new.”