Janet Rowse – Paradise Cafe http://www.paradisecafe.com A Santa Barbara Classic Since 1983 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:49:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 72607785 Holiday Hyperventilation http://www.paradisecafe.com/holiday-hyperventilation/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:37:57 +0000 http://www.paradisecafe.com/?p=724 Continued]]> Holiday Hyperventilation setting in already? Have an impossibly large gift list but really aren’t interested in adding to Jeff Bezo’s status as a Trillionaire? Missed a meeting at work and got “volunteered” for organizing the office party? Let the Paradise Cafe simplify your season, quell your anxieties, and make you the most popular and organized member of your peers.

Your gift list problems can be solved with our annual Paradise Cafe Gift Certificate Special. For every $50, you get a $15 bonus coupon that you can redeem for yourself later! Who says you can’t give and receive? You can purchase certificates in person or by calling 805-962-4416.

Planning an office, family or friend gathering? A Paradise bar party is the best event you never planned… Give us a call to set up a casual event with our special appetizer offerings for larger parties.

We’ll stop short of stuffing your turkey or decorating your tree, but holiday events at the Paradise are great ways to celebrate your loved one’s homecomings and take a brief respite from the three month’s worth of laundry your collegiate offspring presented you with. So come join us this holiday season and celebrate your season in Paradise!


It Was a Sign http://www.paradisecafe.com/it-was-a-sign/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:38:44 +0000 http://www.paradisecafe.com/?p=712 Continued]]> While age and experience don’t always indicate intellectual improvement, three things become apparent:

  1. The Earth’s rotation has shortened slightly, making the years go by faster.
  2. Gravity’s influence has increased, making one’s journey back upright from tying shoes more challenging.
  3. The classics only get better with age.

The Paradise Cafe is now in its fourth decade of existence with 35 years of serving oak-grilled excellence. Generations of Santa Barbarans have grown up here and the children of some of our original crew are waiting on you today. The building is over 100 years old and has a lot of stories to tell…this is one of them.

The La Paloma Cafe operated from 1938 to 1981 and entertained the likes of the Marines based in Goleta, the UCSB Gauchos of the Riviera Campus and movie star Leo Carrillo. The iconic neon signs and murals were created in 1940.

When we took over in 1981, the name change to “Paradise Cafe” was a natural for two reasons. First, “La Paloma” and “Paradise” are the same number of letters, and second, that spacing allowed us to retain the original “Cafe” part of the sign, saving a few of the rare dollars we had. The use of neon was frowned upon per the City’s sign ordinance, and so ensued a major hearing in front of Council. At the end of deliberations, Council Member Lyle Reynolds told a short but poignant story about his days at the News Press during WW11, and how the city would be subject to blackouts from time to time. Truly an intimidating time in Santa Barbara, given that Elwood had already been bombed. He said that when the blackout ended the first lights he saw were the warm neon signs of the La Paloma, which let him know that everything was going to be alright.

That story tipped the balance and the Paradise Cafe sign lets you know you’re going to be alright today. So, break free from oppressive gravity and come re-visit a local classic.