The Temple Grand Opera House, a four-story Romanesque-Revival structure, opened in 1900 as home to The Oddfellows Lodge and Opera House. The theatre would subsequently play host to many nationally known performers, particularly through the 1920s, and it was this theatrical function and cultural time period that proved inspirational for the current design.
Under the ownership and care of the Meduri family, the building has undergone a ground floor-to-rooftop renovation, and the intimate 40-seat restaurant is its Art Deco jewel box.
Soft light sparkles everywhere within Paradiso — filtering in through its period specific high reed glass windows, warmly glowing from glass rod sconces (recovered from a 1920s casino on the French Riviera), drifting down from its twin chandeliers, (the pair loving restored to their original art deco theater luster), and reaching upward from three, stunning, bar mounted statue lamps; originally designed as high-styled chair-side ashtrays, and no doubt having graced many a fashionable smoking room. The capacious leather and bent wood dining room chairs are original, once having found purpose in a Parisian law office, they are now destined to be part of the storied history of the Grand Theatre.
It is into this striking, yet comfortable setting, that you will be warmly welcomed by our professional staff, and where you will be invited to dine; to enjoy the delights of our Coastal Italian Cooking, and to share our pleasure in the restoration of Salem’s Grand Theatre.
Welcome to Paradiso.