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Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food Cafe has closed

Matthew Odam

Lola Stephens-Bell appears to have closed her Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food Cafe at 1815 Rosewood Ave. The space, which looks to be cleared out inside, has sat dormant for weeks. Calls to the restaurant were met with a recording that lists a new phone number in Taylor.

Stephens-Bell, who opened the restaurant in 2004, has long served as a vocal advocate for the homeless during her tenure at the East Austin restaurant, giving out free meals several days a week and even taking to the radio airwaves to spread the gospel of charity and kindness. Tyson Foods donated a bus and a year’s worth of chicken to Stephens-Bell in 2016 to aide in her efforts to fight hunger in the Austin area, and  Stephens-Bell’s generosity was repaid in 2011, when members of various churches and philanthropists joined to help the Lake Charles, La. native renovate her small building.

We’ll have more details on any potential plans Stephens-Bell has, as they become available.