Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Paradise Found is More Than Just a Name


Photos by Steve Stefanides | Jimmy Long with one of the special mermaids who pose with clients for pictures as part of the ambiance of Paradise Found Restaurant and Bar in Goodland.

Getting ready to be wheeled out of his hospital room for cardiac surgery, Jim Paradise, being the consummate entrepreneur, grabs his ringing cellphone from his bedside table to take the call. A news reporter on the other end of the line asks him for a comment on a fire which has burned his 72-foot yacht to the waterline.

Paradise would turn to his son and ask, “What is going on with the boat?” To which his son replied, “Well Dad, we were going to wait to tell you until after your surgery.” His 72-foot Azmut yacht would be a total loss, but that never fazed its owner.

Jim Paradise jokingly turned to the anesthesiologist and told him to bump up the dose. He tells that story with a smile on his face and a good-natured chuckle. It’s how the owner of one of the hottest new spots for entertainment and food in the Goodland/Marco area sees life.

Paradise purchased the Old Marco Lodge over a year ago. He has made a number of upgrades and improvements to the well-known eatery over the last several months and then opened for season. He renamed it Paradise Found after his boat, and the rest has been history.

The laid-back atmosphere, good food and delicious refreshments, in addition to great entertainment, is what Paradise feels is the winning recipe for the thriving Goodland marketplace.

Paradise is no stranger to the entertainment business as he and his family have run a string of Renaissance Festivals from the Midwest to Colorado for a number of decades. He laughs when he says his specialty in those festivals are large turkey legs, but is quick to point out that fish tacos are a favorite of guests here at Paradise Found, along with a full range of other offerings.

The ability of patrons to come by boat is another great attraction, as is sitting waterside by the Marco River.

Along with great food and drink they are proud of the entertainment line-up they have been assembling during the last eight weeks or so. One of those on hand on this Sunday was one of Marco’s favorite entertainers, Jimmy Long, who quickly brings patrons to their feet to dance and enjoy the sights along the Marco River.

Paradise Found is open Wednesday through Monday starting at 11:30 AM and is closed on Tuesdays. They have a complimentary shuttle that transports overflow parkers from the center of Goodland across from Stan’s for those that might need a quick lift around the corner.

Paradise Found is located at 401 Papaya Street in Goodland. For more information visit paradisefoundrestaurant.com or call 239-330-7773.

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