Casa de Paradiso to reopen in Chico

A well-known restaurant that burned down in Paradise during the Camp Fire is reopening in Chico.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 11:53 AM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 1:52 PM

PARADISE, Calif.- A well-known restaurant that burned down in Paradise during the Camp Fire is reopening in Chico.

Casa de Paradiso was a staple in the town of Paradise for 25 years. Juan Manuel Tovalin is the owner of the restaurant and is excited to reopen the restaurant in Chico. 

"Everything new makes me excited especially when we're thinking it's going to be great for our family and great for my employees," he said. "Most of my customers from Paradise, they were just awesome, every day I see them and recognize them by name. I see their kids grow into new, big people. But yeah, family-oriented place it will be again – we also have the lounge for big people."

Tovalin said his family is relying on him to help support them. 

"If we open there [in Paradise] then we don't have any people to serve right now," he said. "We won't survive right now so we're going to try and survive here first and then go over there and open."

While there are some changes, like the new building and the location, Tovalin wanted to bring some familiarity to his customers. So, he brought back the menu design from before the Camp Fire.

"The building fits right for Mexican theme [and] Mexican food but we are replacing a lot of equipment a lot of cleaning and painting but that's about it," he said. 

Manager Edie Havle-Brown has worked at Casa De Paradiso for almost 10 years. She lost everything in the Camp Fire, but she never second-guessed coming back to work. 

"It was definitely that feeling of this chapter can finally end and we can start this new amazing chapter," she said. "It's not in Paradise, and we do wish it was, but you know it's a little Paradise down in Chico so this is going to be a great thing."

Havle-Brown says she hopes things are slowly going back to normal. 

"Paradise is here. We're here for you. Here's a little bit of home while you're being displaced," she said. 

Tovalin hopes to have the restaurant open in Chico by the end of August. The restaurant will be located at the old Original Pete's restaurant at 2495 Carmichael Drive, Chico. 

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