Chef Raymond Mohan and Leticia Skai Young are elated to share their passion for travel and island flavors at LoLo’s. The LoLo’s experience is inspired by the Locally Owned, Locally Operated seaside eateries; referred to as lolos, they encountered while living abroad in the British West Indies. Chef Mohan has created a variety of nostalgic offerings from island styled BBQ to coastal comfort foods of the Cape to Caribbean street eats like johnny cakes.
Born on a market street in Guyana, Chef Mohan’s culinary interest developed as a child while accompanying his mother to the market to shop for the family’s roadside stand. They sold Guyanese specialties such as mavi, sardine sandwiches, and Indian specialties. Mohan’s love of culture and food set the stage for his career once they moved to United States. A graduate of New York Restaurant School, Chef Mohan apprenticed under renowned chefs, Wayne Nish at March Restaurant; Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Vong; and David Burke before becoming Douglas Rodriguez’ Chef de Cuisine at Patria, Aquarella in Puerto Rico; Pipa, and Chicama, a Peruvian ceviche bar.
Leticia was born in East Harlem and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the entrepreneurship program of the French Culinary Institute.
LoLo’s Seafood Shack was awarded Best New Harlem Eats 2015 by the Amsterdam News and is a NY Times Critic pick featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Eater, NY Post, and the NY Daily News amongst others. We invite you to dive on in to our secret backyard!