Just a year into its life on Bde Maka Ska's shores, Lola on the Lake is being forced to start over.
The fire that consumed the restaurant early Thursday - believed to be caused by lightning - didn't result in a total loss. But the roof collapsed, the interior is burnt, and the owners are determining their next steps.
"We are simply devastated," the restaurant wrote on Facebook the morning of the fire, then a short time later added another: "thanks for the support. we will rebuild."
They'll need to do some work to get there.
According to Fox 9's Iris Perez, the owner, Louis King, plans to tear down what's left of Lola on the Lake Friday.
KARE 11's Ellery McCardle says The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board leases the building to Lola on the Lake. They're working together to try to get a Lola food truck on the site as soon as possible, McCardle adds.
Lola on the Lake opened on the lake's northeast corner in 2018, taking over from longtime tenant Tin Fish. It's an addition to the Lola's Cafe operation - a veteran-led, family-owned business with more than 35 years in the restaurant industry.
Louis King, the "wing master," and Beverly King, the "task master," first brought Lola's to Jim Lupient Water Park in northeast Minneapolis, then to King's Landing and, eventually, U.S. Bank Stadium plaza.