Chef / Partner
Javier Plascencia is a charismatic, down-to-earth man on a neverending quest for flavor. Born and raised by a hardworking family in Tijuana, Javier has a natural curiosity for taste which has led him on many adventures; first into Baja, then onto the rest of the world to find unique ingredients.
After studying in San Diego, he returned to Tijuana in 1989 and opened his first restaurant. He now owns six restaurants and is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs of the region in addition to being widely recognized the world over as Baja's culinary ambassador.
In addition to being featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, Javier has also appeared in numerous radio and television shows, including No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, Mexico, One Plate At A Time with Rick Bayless, and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman.
In 2019, Javier joined the Lola family as chef/partner, bringing the authentic flavors of Baja Mexico to LoHi.
Jen got her start with Big Red F working at the now-shuttered Blue Plate Kitchen in Boulder. Once Blue Plate closed, Jen spent some time at ZOLO Grill before working with Chef Jamey Fader on Big Red F's newest Denver project, Lola, a coastal Mexican restaurant eatery. Jen was Lola’s opening GM and was also instrumental in Lola’s move to the former Olinger building in the LoHi neighborhood, at which time she bought into the business as a partner. Jen’s enduring love of the hospitality industry stems from her enjoyment of facilitating a good time and making people happy. When she’s not running the ship at Lola, Jen likes camping with her husband and two kids, finding time for a rare solitary hike, or enjoying a nice dinner out with her family.