Paradisaea To Bring Chef-Driven California Cuisine To San Diego's Bird Rock

April 6, 2022

New husband-and-wife restaurateurs have put together a culinary power team to launch Paradisaea, a modern California restaurant opening later this year in the iconic "Piano Building" in San Diego's Bird Rock. 

In late 2018, husband-and-wife Eric & Zoe Kleinbub bought the iconic "Piano Building" in the heart of San Diego's Bird Rock neighborhood for nearly $3 million with plans to open a neighborhood restaurant. The Kleinbub's have since hired former Eleven Madison Park executive pastry chef Mark Welker to lead the kitchen at their new restaurant, dubbed Paradisaea, which is named after a species of birds-of-paradise. Former NoMad Hotels alumni Christopher Lowder and Jeffrey Tascarella will also oversee bar & restaurant management, and longtime Kindred bartender Dannika Underhill will work as the restaurant's beverage director. 

Paradisaea will be a 4,500 square-foot bar & restaurant offering a menu of modern California fare ranging from pastas and burgers to local seafood, meat-driven entrees and vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as a full bar. Next door to Paradisaea, the Kleinbubs will also launch a new cafe component dubbed Dodo Bird Donuts, which will serve a menu of Dark Horse Coffee drinks, breakfast dishes, and pastries, as well as a retail component with a curated collections of home and clothing items. 

Paradisaea is expected to open this summer at 5680 La Jolla Boulevard in San Diego's Bird Rock neighborhood. For more information, visit