Lola´s Bake Shop

 
 
 

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Welcome to Lolas Restaurant. We invite you to visit us and surprise your palate with our delicious dishes , let us have a completely family atmosphere , serve you as you deserve .

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  • All very rich , as a family we love going there excellent service

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  • I like to come much ambien and the food are excellent

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    • Alan Galindo
    • Customer
  • All very rich , as a family we love going there excellent service

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    • Osbert Munguia
    • Customer
  • Lovely dinner , looked after us excellently and a calm, clear that I return soon

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    • Cindy Cortinas
    • Customer
  • all very rich , I recommend above all excellent service

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    • Dreck Loo
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  • You must come to eat here , the atmosphere is excellent to work to make appointments

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About Lola’s

Lola’s Bake Shop, “Taking you back in time” is Brownsville’s newest and finest bakery which opened its doors to the public in December 2009. Lola’s Bake Shop offers an array of pastry delicacies which include Cream Horns, Pocket Books, Texas Pecan Twists along with Pies and Cakes. At Lola’s you can also enjoy healthy and light lunch items such as our Turkey or Chicken Salad sandwiches. Maybe even try one of our Wraps or some of the newest items on our menu like our BLT Sandwich or the Triple Decker. Enjoy some of the drinks on our menu, freshly squeezed Orange Juice, fresh coffe and hot teas. All while sitting and relaxing by our beautiful resaca.


Lola’s Bake Shop is located at 1335 Palm Blvd. in wonderful Brownsville, Texas and is nestled in the “Corner of Peace” also known as “El Rincon de la Paz.” Lola Brown learned her craft at the legendary Vannie Tilden in Harlingen, Texas where she gained over three decades of experience in creating wonderful pastries. Lola returned as Master Baker at the Bake shop all thanks to Antonio Martinez a local attorney and property developer who is helping breathe new life into and old part of town. Lola became available once her longtime employer closed their doors in 2003. A petite woman with a sunny disposition jumped at the chance to take part in this wonderful experience. Lola was extremely honored and excited to have the establishment be built around her. Sadly, on May 31, 2010 we lost our dear Lola who lost her battle with cancer but, her legend of wonderful and delicious pastries lives on. Tony along with Ana Saiz have continued her legacy and are baking those delicacies we all love to indulge.

Come by and visit us at Lola’s Bake Shop, where you are treated like family and will be taken back in time. Our wonderful staff is available Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

History

If only history were always this delicious.

The cream horns, gingerbread men, pecan twists and other delicacies beckoning from the pastry cases at Lola’s Bake Shop & Bistro may stir up memories of Vannie Tilden’s Bakery, which once perfumed the air of Brownsville and Harlingen. If that happens, it’s because Lola Brown is in the kitchen.
Brown is a baker’s baker who learned her craft at the legendary Vannie Tilden’s in Harlingen, where she worked for nearly three decades. Now she’s back in the kitchen as master baker at Lola’s, a new Palm Boulevard establishment that owner Tony Martinez essentially built around her — henc e the name. In one sense it’s a tribute to Brown and in sense it’s a brilliant marketing strategy, considering her name recognition around the Valley.
"How often do people go in life and never see their name on a marquee? There are a lot of unsung heroes out there," Martinez says. "I had a lady come here all the way from McAllen, once she heard Lola was baking."

Martinez, a local attorney and property redeve loper, transformed the Old Cameron County Jail into lawyers’ offices. And he’s in the progress of renovat ing the Palm Boulevard Spanky’s, adjacent to Lola’s, on the corner Martinez owns. He’s dubbed it "La rincon de la paz," or "Corner of Peace."
Brown’s availability is basically the reason Martinez is in the bakery business. Her longtime employer, the last remaining Vannie Tilden’s, closed its doors in 2002 in Harlingen (the Brownsville location closed many years before). Brown then went to work for Sweet Delights Bakery in Harlingen, which also closed. Martinez got his hands on some of the old bakery equipment, and eventually one of the tenants on the corner decided not to renew the lease.
So it all made sense: open a bakery. Eventually Brown got wind of Martinez’s plan. "I didn’t even know about it until (Spanky’s owner Ron Saenz) told me, ‘Did y ou know Mr. Martinez is going to open a bakery and name it Lola’s Bake Shop?’ " Brown, a petite woman with a sunny disposition, jumped at the chance. "I’ve been actually disabled for about two years, but I don’t want to give up working," she says. "I want to keep working part time. I don’t want to stay home and not do anything. This keeps me occupied and keeps my mind off my troubles."
Lola’s has applied for a beer and wine permit. The bistro part should be up and running by the first week of February, Martinez says, with an emphasis on healthy, fresh and light lunch items. Resaca-side tables in the rear let customers commune with the wildlife while nibbling apple turnovers and sipping organically grown, fair-trade coffee. Martinez plans a boardwalk and pavillion — maybe even a water feature.

"I spend a lot of time just dreaming," he says with a laugh. Rita Eckert, a longtime Brownsville resident who lives near Lola’s, praises Martinez for helping breathe new life into an old part of town. "It’s wonderful to see someone investing in Brownsvill e, and this man walks the walk," she says. "He’s one of the few. He’s reinvesting in neighborhoods."

As for Lola Brown, she seems happ y to once again be doing something she’s really good at: making the rest of us fat. Naturally, she gets a charge out of seeing her own name on the marquee, after so many years of working under somebody else’s. "It’s very exciting and I feel very honored," Brown says. "I’ve got to live up to name now." Lola’s Bake Shop & Bistro is located at 1335 Palm Boulevard. Monday Through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 
 
 

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