From the ashes delicious things have risen.
Robbie’s Paradise Burgers proves this point.
Robbie Avila owned Kalico Kitchen in Paradise. Then the Camp Fire roared through town on Nov. 8, 2018. The flames tore through his restaurant on the Sky Way, leaving ash where once stood a favorite breakfast-lunch spot for locals.
While building is occurring in this town north of Chico, there are plenty of hoops to jump through in order to rebuild.
Avila cleared the debris and instead of building a permanent structure he put a food truck on the lot. Robbie’s Paradise Burger’s grand opening was July 16, 2019.
Today there are a couple picnic tables with umbrellas on the property that allow for people to eat there instead of having it as a to-go meal.
A variety of choices are available, including a veggie burger ($9). The fries that came with it were good; fries come with all the burgers/sandwiches. The quarter pound Angus burger was $6.50. A pot roast melt and chicken melt, as well as a cranberry chicken salad and other types of burgers are available. Soft drinks, water and Red Bull Monster are also on the menu.
I understand why it’s a favorite of mom’s when she goes back to Paradise.
While the truck looks shiny and new, not everything has been cleared off the land. The old restaurant’s sign is still erect, with one side a melted metal artifact that remains a reminder of the devastation. Looking at the other side of the sign it would be hard to know a fire took out the restaurant.
A mix of new foliage provides life, while nearby charred pines stand as a legacy of what happened that fall day.
- 7099 Skyway Road, Paradise
- Open 10am-3pm Monday-Friday, 10am-2:30pm Saturday.