…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.
Julio Gaspar Chef de CocinaFor Julio, it all started in his mom’s kitchen. Growing up in the beautiful coastal town of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Julio spent his days surfing and fishing, and his nights helping his mom in their family restaurant on the beach. She’d cook up what they caught that day, and Julio fell in love with the simple pleasure of making people happy with delicious food.
He followed his passion to New York City, where he trained with world class chefs in Manhattan. Then, in Los Angeles, he cooked with Chef Paul Shoemaker and Richard Sandoval, soaking up as much as he could and learning the cooking traditions of cultures from across the globe. He made his way to Denver where, after running the kitchens at Zengo & La Sandia, he joined the family at Lola Coastal Mexican—and we are so stoked that he did! Every night, he brings the same love that his mom put into every dish—combined with the world-class cooking skills he’s picked up on his travels—and turns this little house on the hill into Denver’s own Oaxacan beach party.
When he’s not bringing the beach life to LoHi, you’ll find Julio spending time with his lovely wife and their two cats, waxing poetic about his hometown, writing new recipes, or exploring the Rocky Mountains.
Leslie Richards General ManagerBorn and raised in one of the great culinary capitals of the world, it’s no surprise that Leslie loves good food. A New Orleans native, she got her start in the restaurant biz as a teenager and fell in love with the excitement, the teamwork, the chance to make new friends from all walks of life, and the fact that no two days are ever the same. She earned her MBA and JD from Tulane University, and also worked alongside legendary Crescent City chef Emeril Lagasse.
When she’s not leading the crew at Lola, you’ll find Leslie spending time with her family, playing with their rescue pups and foster dogs, exploring new restaurants, reading, and listening to music. She also loves to support her community, donating her time to local charity organizations.