Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Below is a link to the story in this month’s Village Voice about Lola's ongoing fight with the Soho Alliance and our "Dinner for a cause" events back on March 26TH AND 27TH, 2008 by Chloe A. Hilliard. A special Thanx goes to all the promoters who helped not only promote, but organize this event, and made it the huge success it was - DJ Herbert, Ed Freiberg, DJ Marc Smooth and Stone Jackson of EarCandyNYC, Kevin Powell, Grae Enterprise, MIH Icon, Gary Grant, Omar Hamilton, Danny Castro, Juanito Fortuno, C.I.A, Yaz, and DJ Cosi.

Thank you to EVERYONE who assisted in making this event such a great success by patronizing the restaurant on both nights of the "Dinner with a cause" events and all the nights after. We appreciate you all and hope you continue to support and spread the word about Lola's and their ongoing issues.

Lola is Soul
15 Watts st. corner of Thompson st. (Soho, New York)
T. 212.675.6700

Deep South of Houston: Is a Soul-Food Restaurant Too Black for Soho?
by Chloe A. Hilliard
May 6th, 2008 12:00 AM

Lola, a soul-food restaurant that featured live rhythm-and-blues acts, attracts a largely black clientele, and also went by the name Lola Is Soul, decided in 2004, for business reasons, to move from Chelsea to Soho. But once they got there, the owners—a biracial couple—ran into surprisingly stiff opposition from the Soho Alliance, a community group that has opposed Lola's liquor license and its legal petition to have live entertainment at its new location.

Cries of racism have, not surprisingly, been leveled by Lola's supporters. But Don Clark MacPherson, a longtime resident of the neighborhood and a member of the Soho Alliance—as well as the publisher of the Soho Journal—says that the accusations of racism are unfounded. Lola, he tells the Voice, just moved to Soho at a bad time: Frustrated by the large number of nightclubs already in the area, the alliance saw in Lola simply one liquor license too many. "Race in this issue is a red herring," he says. "I don't think that the type of music had anything to do with it. The objection started before anyone heard about the type of music Lola played." Continue reading here

Also check out the Villager story here

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