Paradise Perks, Irvine's Coolest Coffee Shop, Closes Because of Noise Complaints; A Eulogy and a Rant

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Bye :(

As of June 22, 2014, Paradise Perks, the best coffee shop in the City of Irvine has closed its doors. Why? Was business poor? Was foot traffic not enough? No. Paradise Perks closed for the most stereotypical Irvinian reason ever: Its Wednesday night open mics, which ran from 7 to 11 p.m., attracted too many noise complaints.

It's a shame, really. Now, the block where Paradise Perks once stood is a (metaphorical) hole. And while there's talk of a potential new location, without the coffee shop, the strip mall has become the dead block it was five years ago, before the café opened.

Perks brought excitement to that random chunk of Irvine. While nearby businesses closed at 10 p.m., the coffee shop was alive and well until 11 on Wednesday and Thursday nights (If you live in Irvine, you know how much of a big deal that is). And though it was the amps and laughter that drove the coffee shop to close, it's those very things that made everything so worthwhile. They were certainly more worthwhile than the sound of the cars passing by on Irvine Center Drive, that's for sure.

The things that will be missed: The laughter, whether from board games or a comedian, shop's manager and resident magician Jeromy Chan, who'd pull a handkerchief out of a top hat every once in a while, the lime green walls, and the look on someone's face as they got ready to play a song that just wrote. Oh, and the macadamia latte too. The place was always serene. It made you just darn happy.

Sure, other places are still around, but they're far flung and the community feeling just isn't there. For open mics, you now have to go all the way to Costa Mesa and the Gypsy Den. For board games, it's another 15 minutes over to Sweet Elle Café in Huntington Beach. But those places won't have Jeromy doing magic tricks and there won't be spoken words pieces performed by Uncultivated Rabbits.

So let it be known that Irvine will certainly miss you, Paradise Perks. Things just won't be the same without you.

Now on page two, a rant by Charles Lam



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thekeepers
thekeepers

I don't think it was the noise on one day of the week that made them close their doors. the place looked filthy, with the "used to be clear" plastic roll down shades all torn and taped over. The frozen yogurt place next door stayed open for only a few months. If they were cited, they could change the time to end at 10 instead of 11pm. It is most likely not enough business going in. Maybe if they kept the business exterior clean, more people would think about going in. All of you saying it was such a great place should have gone in more often then once a month.

slop101
slop101

There were no noise complaints. Trust me. It was something else entirely.

Reginald Durant
Reginald Durant

Unlike! booo hiisss! This is ridiculous, the last little bit of culture chased from Irvine. I watched my son play Jazz on his sax there. Where else can you go see up and coming musicians, poets, comedians and artists in Irvine?

Victor Vasquez
Victor Vasquez

Seriously, noise complaints!? Always the typical delicate-life, shity stupid homeowners that can't live out of their ridiculous and childish bubble of "safe city" and political correctness. Good luck Paradise Perks! Awesome place to truly enjoy a simple cup of coffee.

ocmlevents
ocmlevents

That sucks. My business partner from my company Orange County Music League owns the college book store there. Jeremy was a cool guy, and we were going to start booking things there because southern OC needs more music. 

Why is there this huge fight on local music and local hang out spots? This needs to stop

Music makes the world go round. I don't get it. 

Irvine, you suck.

Kendall Hayward
Kendall Hayward

It's things like this that are making me leave irvine as soon as I finish grad school! Tired of all the beige. Irvine has no soul.

Sheila Xiao
Sheila Xiao

Madeleine Le no!!!!! Good think I'm moving....

Yas Er
Yas Er

Dorsa so sad news!

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

you c ant do that in Irvine, If you do that then they people will start asking for more colors or at least more shades of beige in the color pallet form the planning department. Irvine has stock in the color beige.

Ahmed Saad
Ahmed Saad

So the alternative to Wednesday Open Mic night is to close up shop? According to the article business was fine. I don't think magic tricks make too much noise. The coffee shop can't exist without open mic night?

Stan Amleiv
Stan Amleiv

F Irvine. That's why I don't contribute my tax dollars into that lame city.

Nik Gorman
Nik Gorman

What a loss to our community. I saw their notice yesterday and was crushed thinking that they hadn't pulled enough business to keep afloat... but to be shut down over noise complaints is just infuriating. I'll miss this place - hope they land another location soon. With cooler neighbors.

missfirepie
missfirepie

This is why I would never live in south county to many pretentious peeps.

Jerry Dennis Bradford
Jerry Dennis Bradford

One of the reasons i moved out of Irvine and was apprehensive about even moving there in the first place! I call it the Stepford Community.

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

Such bullshit. My house is directly across Irvine center drive, sheltered from the "noise" only by a row of trees. Never once heard any ruckus of any kind.

John Dodson
John Dodson

That's a real shame. Fun little spot and it stayed open late. Irvine really only wants people to go out until 9 and then back home.

EricVC
EricVC

Ugh, my go-to Thursday gaming night! I loved that place *and* the tea was always excellent too.

mhip
mhip

They drove Rock Bottom Brewery out of the Spectrum.

I used to hang out there, and remember Irvine PD coming out to cite them for noise on a Wednesday night, after all the shops were closed, and obviously not close to any residential neighborhoods. 

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle  Dear Fish, the fishy of my eye, the people who spent tons of cash to live in Irvine were there before Perks and entitled to their peace and quiet.  Perks can now move to a more noise-friendly neighborhood like HB.  :)

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@20ftjesus @fishwithoutbicycle 

I wouldn't say HB is "noise-friendly"...unless it's on Main Street. And I don't care for that type of noise...

PS No one gets peace and quiet until they're dead...and maybe not even then. ::evil laugh:: :-D

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