Acme Hospitality confirmed what Siteline readers have known for a while now: the new—and old—name of the Paradise Cafe space is La Paloma Cafe. “After 37 years ‘the dove’ will once again take wing on the iconic corner of Anacapa and Ortega. And like an old friend, the celebrated neon sign will once again state the original letters: La Paloma Cafe.” (See the vintage photo above, along with what I assume is the new logo.) Also, judging from an Instagram story, the restaurant will serve Mexican food. Usually, when Acme opens an establishment, there’s a release with details on the chef, menu, and so on; perhaps that’ll happen once an opening date is set.
P.S. “The inside mural was cleaned and it’s like seeing the Sistine Chapel after it was cleaned,” emailed a reader, along with the photo below.
UPDATE: The restaurant has posted three more food images on Instagram, and they look less Mexican—more like New American with a Latin twist. (So if this is Mexican, it’s not the usual enchilada combo stuff.) Also, “the oak grill is back.”
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