Husband and wife team Dutch and Bekky Brill opened Paradise as not much more than a coffee nook operating out of bi-fold windows, serving Padre espresso and Jocelyn’s Provisions baked goods. But behind them a white bed sheet curtained off a refurb that would turn the space into a 60-seat breakfast cafe.
Eventually the cafe well and truly opened, the espresso backed by single-origin pour-over and cold brew. The drinks wash down an approachable food menu that includes breakfast burgers, smashed avo, overnight oats and cinnamon brioche French toast.
The striking tiled frontage of the old Alfredo’s Pizzeria remains, as do the checkerboard floors, front counter and the pizza oven in the corner. But the Brills have given the insides a generous coat of white paint and knocked down an internal wall, turning a one-time neon-lit nightspot into a surprisingly bright and airy daytime space. Scattered about the place are vintage-shop knickknacks – a couple of ladders and hanging rope, and an old hospital bed frame that has been turned into a communal table. Recycled timber tables and benches have been supplied by Ant Aitken’s New Earth Timber, with the Brills directing the rest of the fit-out themselves. The final result is a cafe with a laid-back, lived-in feel.