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Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles Moves On Up to Scottsdale

July 31, 2009
Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles finds a new home in Scottsdale

Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles finds a new home in Scottsdale

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles has long established itself as a valley favorite, slinging amazing soul food with their signature dish of perfectly fried chicken and delicious waffles as their centerpiece. With the success of the original location in south downtown Phoenix comes Lo-Lo’s new location in south Scottsdale on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Thomas, which was celebrated last night with a private grand opening.

I have to admit that when I first heard late last month that Lo-Lo’s was moving on up to the eastside, I was a tad concerned with how the beloved chicken shack’s vibe might be altered by the slighly more posh zip code than the humble converted home that houses the original. Rest assured that while the new digs might be a touch more upscale than you’re used to that the soul of Lo-Lo’s is fully intact.

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Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’ Scottsdale location was at one time a Kyoto Bowl, another brick in the Albertson’s strip mall, but Larry “Lo-Lo” White has overseen a renovation that brings some familiar hole-in-the-wall warmth to a bigger space. The same comfortable shade of gold that initially welcomes people to the inside of Lo-Lo’s downtown coats all of the walls and shiny new red vinyl booths provide some pop. With surroundings accented by corrugated stainless steel, plenty of gorgeous pictures of various members of the White family and well-earned awards as decorations, the new home of fine Southern cooking in Scottsdale is spacious without being sterile.

The menu is a full port over of the classics that Phoenicians have flipped over. On the special occasion of the grand opening, grub was gleefully served up by a mix of  friendly downtown and Scottsdale staff and drinks flowed freely at the lovely stained wooden bar in the rear of the restaurant. As with any grand opening, seats went fast and nattily dressed early comers were rewarded for their punctuality. Stragglers were still smiling with plenty of friendly faces to chat up.

As many of the invited diners were nearing the end of their meal, White family friend, Bishop Alexis Thomas called attention to the corner of the restaurant where a small PA had been set up.

“Someone called this a family affair, and it certainly is,” Thomas remarked, “Aren’t we blessed to be getting to know each other as family by eating such wonderful food?”

The Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church pastor, playing host, reminded the flock of folks that Larry White first started his Lo-Lo’s endeavor through White, matriarch and Golden Rule Cafe founder, Mrs. Elizabeth White, and quickly passed the mic to her.

A pastor herself, the 86 year old Mrs. White spoke of first landing in Phoenix from Texas in 1963 and starting with her brother’s Church Cafe at 1029 East Jefferson. A couple of years later, White took over the business and renamed it the Golden Rule Cafe. In 1976, a city construction project necessitated a move to its current location at 808 East Jefferson. Mrs. White told of Larry’s mettle, starting early with helping her, eventually starting Lo-Lo’s in 1997, and getting his own place in 2002.

Mrs. Elizabeth White and grandson, Larry "Lo-Lo" White

Mrs. Elizabeth White and grandson, Larry "Lo-Lo" White

Clearly proud of her grandson, White offered a prayer to bless all in attendance and continued success of the culinary lineage that sprouted from her legendary establishment.

Larry White stepped to the forefront, thanking God, his grandmother, wife (and Scottsdale location manager), Rasheedah, his kids, family and staff for helping keep Lo-Lo’s afloat over the years. Recounting the early years of leasing in downtown without a contract and brushes with foreclosure, White reiterated his deep seated gratitude.

“I wasn’t the best student and wasn’t even the best person,”  a misty-eyed White momentarily lamented before asserting that his hard work and faith helped put him in position to open his second restaurant. It was a touching moment made even more buoyant by his joyous declaration: “If y’all keep coming, we’ll keep serving – who knows, maybe one day we’ll open a third Lo-Lo’s!”

Lo-Lo's private grand opening is a family affair

Lo-Lo's private grand opening is a family affair

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles is located on the southeast corner of 2765 North Scottsdale Road and is slated to open tomorrow, Saturday, August 1st. You can find them online at http://www.loloschickenandwaffles.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/loloschicken.

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UPDATE (5:08pm – Friday, July 31, 2009):

It looks like the opening of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles Scottsdale will be delayed by a few days according to these two tweets from @loloschicken:

http://twitter.com/loloschicken/status/3060965752

Please RT. Our opening is going to be delayed for a few days to a circumstance outside of our control. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

http://twitter.com/loloschicken/status/3061000514

Please rt: We had a successful preview dinner last night and the restaurant is ready to go we’re just waiting for one last inspection.