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Paradisaea Restaurant – Historic Piano Building

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  Historic Preservation

Paradisaea Restaurant, Dodo Bird Donuts, and Tropical Punch lifestyle store, comprise a transformed former 1940s Mid-Century building originally designed by William Kesling.  The sweeping compound roofline, unique building geometry, and expansive glass storefront that anchors the bustling corner of La Jolla Blvd and Bird Rock Ave has been an iconic presence in the neighborhood since its construction.

Underutilized for several years and in much need of new life within the Bird Rock community, the successful collaboration between owner and team brings vibrancy to the neighborhood and enables new patrons to embrace the building and its architecture for another life cycle.  Updates included a complete overhaul of the buildings’ mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, plus exhaustive seismic and accessibility upgrades. Additionally, preserving the building’s unique exterior, restoring some of its wooden storefronts to their original configuration, and renovating the entire street corner with new sidewalks, landscape and seating area was paramount in achieving the balance of history and modernity in the overall project design.

Paradisaea stands as a shining example of preservation and adaptation: the retention and restoration of historic character defining features coupled with the modernization of the building for contemporary community use.

5680 La Jolla Boulevard

Project Owner/Developer:
Birdfood Restaurant Group / Piano Building Ventures

Contact Name/Email:
Zoe Kleinbub / zzaitze@aol.com

Project Architect/Designer:
Georgis & Mirgorodsky (Interiors & Design) / Arista Architects (Building Shell)

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  1. Melanie Blair

    Absolutely iconic update to the Bird Rock community, love the commitment to keeping the original Piano Building shape while modernizing the overall building – and adding an incredible restaurant to boot!

  2. Eric Kleinbub

    This building was falling apart and now looks brand new. It also activates the entire community of Bird Rock!

    • david shepherd

      Totally revitalize the corner

  3. Zoe Kleinbub

    We are so proud of this restoration, beautification and accomplishment, bringing newfound energy to the La Jolla area.

  4. William Georgis

    Georgis & Mirgorodsky is honored to have been involved with the restoration and reimagination of this iconic landmark

  5. Linda Daniels

    What a joy to have this new popular for all ages eatery with wonderful food and ambiance! We love this restaurant!

  6. Linda Daniels

    We love this new eatery in Bird Rock! It’s classy, edgy, sophisticated and a really fun place to dress up and gather with friends. Plus the food is incredible! Thank you! We’ll keep coming!

  7. Petra Ives

    A much-needed upgrade revived this corner while keeping its historic and iconic essence. Well done!

  8. Scott Murfey

    Great job Zoe, Eric, and your entire design team. You guys nailed it! Thank you for improving our neighborhood!

  9. Jenna

    One of our absolute favorite spots to dine in bird rock. The renovations and ambiance is incredible

  10. Tom Klopack

    Beautiful remodel of a Bird Rock landmark. Great location and execution.

  11. Christian Kleinbub

    Kudos to Paradisaea for making this wonderful building shine and protecting an architectural jewel.

  12. Alexis

    Paradisaea is a gem. The building design is well thought out and beautiful, and we love absolutely love the atmosphere.

  13. Ashley Martino

    It looks amazing, it’s beautiful.


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