Iconic Harlem Seafood Haven LoLo’s Set To Shut Its Doors After A Decade

January 17, 2024

LoLo’s Seafood Shack, a beloved Harlem eatery, is set to bid farewell next month, marking the end of a culinary journey that began a decade ago.

The restaurant, located at 303 West 116th St., announced its impending closure on Instagram, expressing gratitude for the support received throughout the years.

In a heartfelt post, LoLo’s conveyed, “Thanks for the LoLo’s love! It has been our honor to serve our neighbors in Harlem + our extended community over the last decade.” The news evoked a passionate response from patrons, with one pleading for a reconsideration, emphasizing the establishment’s significance as a longstanding Black-owned business in Harlem.

However, it appears that the closure was not a voluntary decision on the part of LoLo’s. Responding to inquiries, the restaurant revealed that their lease had reached its conclusion and, unfortunately, could not be renewed.

Founded in 2014 by restaurateur Leticia Young and chef Raymond Mohan, LoLo’s has been celebrated for its unique fusion of Cape Cod and Caribbean seafood.


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In 2018, Eater called LoLo’s Spicy Crab as “clutch” outdoor summer eating, praising not only the delectable seafood but also commending their jerk chicken, prepared over Jamaican bayberries, for its distinctive smoky depth.

The restaurant’s culinary prowess earned it a spot at Market 57, the James Beard food hall on Pier 57, near West 15th Street, known as LoLo’s on the Water.

As the curtains close on the 116th St. location, the spirit of LoLo’s will continue to thrive by the waterfront, leaving behind a legacy of flavorful memories in the hearts of its patrons.

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One Comment

  1. Never been there but sorry to see another Black owned business close down. Hopefully they’ll be able to relocate.

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