…and if you’re going to be spending some time with us we thought it might be nice if you met our family…
Jamey Fader & Jen Broyles Our "Roots"The two of us make up the duo that started the ball rolling. Our original days on old South Pearl St. were some of the most challenging, but rewarding times in our careers. While Jamey worked long hours developing menus, procuring ingredients and making all the efforts end up on plates for guests, Jen was busy working longer hours training staff, setting the example, raising the bar and filling seats.
That was a long time ago.....
Since then we have passed our torches on to the next generation of
hospitalitarians and taken on different roles within the Big Red F Restaurant Group. We smile together at what we have accomplished and beam with pride at what we have built with a ton of help from some really talented folks along the way. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to make Lola such a special place.
Sharif Cruz Chef de CocinaBorn and raised in Mexico City, Sharif moved to Summit County, Colorado when he was thirteen. After graduating from the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute, he cut his teeth alongside chef David Welch at Foodheadz, Troy Guard at TAG, and Duane Walker at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Now at LOLA, he is stoked to be serving the food of his beloved homeland, bringing authentic Mexican cooking to the Denver dining scene.
Food and cooking have always been important to Sharif—from his days helping out in his Grandma’s kitchen as a kid, to earning his stripes on the line, to cooking for his church on Sundays. Good food brings family and friends together, and he loves that he gets to make that happen for his guests every night. When he’s not at LOLA, you’ll find Sharif cooking with his mom and girlfriend, watching Top Chef Mexico, sharpening his drawing skills, or cheering on his beloved Aguilas.
Patrick Kneese General ManagerA true midwestern gentleman with roots in Indiana and a restaurant lineage that goes back to his teens, Patrick is the consummate host. Quick with a joke, sure with a smile and always there with an understanding ear. He has this to say about the industry:
“When the restaurant is truly clicking and the orchestra of unconditional hospitality, soulful food, vibrant ambiance and genuine service are in perfect harmony, it presents an irresistible and infectious energy. It’s a feeling that you are throwing the best party in town and provides a humble satisfaction knowing that your guests wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
When Patrick is not at the helm of Lola, enjoying fried chicken and collard greens, or rooting on his beloved Hoosiers, he is scaring fish away while waving a stick and dreaming of Montana where he went to college.
Eli Hariton Assistant General ManagerFormer designer turned hospitality junkie, Eli was a partner and beverage director in a hospitality group in New York City, where he was honored with Zagat’s 30 under 30 award for management and beverage direction. In 2015 he left the Big Apple to pursue a more fulfilling work/life balance in Colorado and he has never felt more at home.
When he’s not skiing, mountain biking, camping, or cooking, you’ll find Eli roaming the city looking for weird galleries and seeing what’s happening in the Denver dining scene. He loves spending time with his girlfriend Joanna and their cat, Noodles, aka Da Nose, as well as restoring and designing furniture.
Alex Terry Bar ManagerBorn and raised in Piqua, Ohio, Alex attended Ohio State University where he had, admittedly, way too much fun. Bent on hosting good times for a living, he attended bartending school and then moved out to colorful Colorado, slinging drinks at some of the finest establishments of Vail Valley before settling in behind the stick at Lola.
When he's not lifting spirits here in the East Highlands, you'll find Alex hanging out with his girl, up in the mountains, playing golf, cheering on the Colorado Rockies, or restaurant / bar hopping in the city. He also likes to help out at Brent's Place and does a charity event in the mountains every year.