La Paloma Café opens Tuesday at 702 Anacapa Street, the former home of the Paradise Café and, well, La Paloma Café. The original La Paloma was a traditional Mexican restaurant that was operated by the property owners from 1940-1983 at which time the space was leased to the Paradise Café which carried the torch for the next 37 years.
Acme Hospitality, owners of many popular area eateries including Helena Avenue Bakery, The Lark, Loquita, and Lucky Penny, bought the business late last year and originally planned to continue the Paradise Café brand but the closures caused by COVID-19 created an opportunity to do something new while resurrecting a storied local business name.
Owner Sherry Villanueva’s new restaurant serves Ranchero California Barbecue Cuisine. They cook a lot of their meals over a live oak grill so you get a lot of smoky and oakie flavors. The new eatery is an homage back to the vaqueros who cooked a lot of meals over an oak grill.
The restaurant initially offers a dinner menu including Santa Barbara Mission Chicken ($20), Santa Maria Style Angus Tri Tip ($21), Oak Grilled Flat Iron Steak ($22), All Natural Pork Shoulder ($19), Oak Grilled Coastal Salmon ($27), and California Fields Vegetable Al Pastor ($18). Call (805) 966-7029
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