The party at La Cholita is over. But only temporarily.
Opened in 2011 at the former Villa Italia on the corner of William and Aberdeen streets, Clint Nolan’s lively late-night Northbridge Mexican bar and eatery has been a popular destination for the “just-one-more” crowd. After a few just-one-mores of its own (read: extended licenses), La Cholita is shutting for much needed renovations with the kitchen earmarked for plenty of attention.
“La Cholita wasn’t meant to last this long,” admits Nolan. “It’s been falling apart at the seams for a while and I’ve got to get the renovations done for Christmas.”
According to Nolan, the makeover should last most of December. Staff hope to be back in William Street by Christmas.
Until then, La Cholita will trade at Nolan’s Roe Street venue, Pleased To Meet You. Despite the change of scenery, it’ll be pretty much business as usual, from the offer of Mexican and Hispanic-influenced eats – Baja fish tacos and steak with chimichurri, for say – to a drinks list comprising more mezcal and tequila than is sensible to drink in one sitting. One new feature, however, is wine on tap. There'll be Vasse Felix vino alongside Margaret River rose plus sangria and beer. A sixth tap will be used to dispense cocktails.
While December is a busy time for many, the month is looking particularly daunting for Nolan with the serial publican preparing to open Henry Summer, an anti-beer garden serving good drinks and summery eats in a relaxed, mostly-alfresco setting.