Last November Acme Hospitality announced it is taking the reins at Santa Barbara’s popular downtown dining destination Paradise Café at 702 Anacapa Street. After a brief closure the restaurant reopened under new management in January. Then COVID-19 hit. Though restaurants across the South Coast have started making a comeback, many did not including historic eateries like Rose Cafe on Haley Street and Enterprise Fish Company. Sadly Paradise Cafe has joined the list of fallen icons and sent this announcement:
“After 37 years, the Paradise Cafe is closing its doors for good. It enjoyed a long and well-deserved run as a neighborhood watering hole, a place for celebrations, date night headquarters, and as the best patio in downtown. It’s no wonder that the community fell in love with this iconic corner of Anacapa and Ortega. We are grateful to you, Santa Barbara, for your support over the years. As difficult as change may be—especially in 2020—history is in the remaking. Stay tuned for an exciting new concept coming soon.”
PARADISE LOST: The popular Paradise Cafe has ended its long run which started in 1983. Remodeling work is now underway on the property for a new concept that will replace it (photo by reader Primetime).