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805 Living: A conversation among four 805-area culinary proprietors about the unprecedented challenges that their industry continues to face

805 Living connects four restaurateurs who have kept their businesses afloat and the rest of us well fed during the pandemic. Read on for their 20 questions and 20 answers. View full article

Santa Barbara Life and Style: A Reinvented Classic

The pink flair of neon once again glows down on Anacapa Street. The renowned Paradise Cafe has be reborn under Acme Hospitality’s leadership as La Paloma Cafe, combining traditions of the old and new. The menu embodies cuisine of the early California settllers, fusing flavors of Spanish and Mexican influence with a twist. View full article

Montecito Journal: Viva La Paloma

The wonderfully reconfigured eat-ery, a tiara’s toss from the Santa Barbara News-Press HQ on Anacapa Street, is the latest culinary outpost of Acme Hospitality owner Sherry Villanueva, owner of The Lark and Loquita in the Funk Zone. It is her eighth eatery in our Eden by the beach. The original La Paloma Café ran from 1940 until 1983 when it was founded by Jennie Luera and run by her daughters and grandchildren, and the new menu pays tribute to the cui-sine of the Californios, early California settlers who incorporated Spanish and Mexican influences into indigenous ingredients cooked over fire. Leading the talented culinary team is executive chef Jeremy Tummel. View full article

BizHawk: Storied La Paloma Cafe Marks Start of New Chapter in Downtown Santa Barbara

What’s old is new again in downtown Santa Barbara. The storied La Paloma Cafe has returned, just in time for the holiday season. Most Santa Barbara residents and tourists are familiar with the building at 702 Anacapa St., on the corner with Ortega Street, when it was known as the Paradise Cafe, under the ownership of former Santa Barbara City Councilman Randy Rowse. Rowse and his business partners, in fact, changed the name from La Paloma to Paradise when they purchased La Paloma Cafe 38 years ago. Now, under the ownership of Acme Hospitality, the building and restaurant are going back to their roots. View full article

Santabarbara.com: La Paloma Café opens downtown

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.  View full article

Santa Barbara News Press: La Paloma Café officially Opens – Former site of Paradise Café returns to its roots

The grand opening of La Paloma Café on the corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets officially took place on Tuesday. After the closure of Paradise Café, a classic American restaurant that sat in that spot for 37 years, Acme Hospitality brought it back in hopes of returning to Santa Barbara’s culinary history. The legendary neon sign will again glow, reading “La Paloma Café,” and the institution will be a tribute to the cuisine of the Californios, early California settlers who incorporated Spanish and Mexican influences into indigenous ingredients cooked over fire.   View full article

Santa Barbara Independent: Resurrecting La Paloma Café – Acme Hospitality Turns Back Paradise Café’s Clocks to Honor Location’s Original Restaurant

For all its historic charm and neon nostalgia, the Paradise Café — which closed in September after 37 years in business — was not the first restaurant to loom over the bustling corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets in downtown Santa Barbara, nor was it the establishment with the longest tenure there. That distinction goes to La Paloma Café, which Jennie Luera founded as a traditional Mexican restaurant in 1940 and ran with her daughters and grandchildren until 1983. This coming week, after rejuvenating the restaurant’s structures, style, and spirit, Acme Hospitality returns La Paloma to its perch as a neighborhood café.  View full article