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Entries in Westlake Village (69)


9021Pho to Open Thousand Oaks Location at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

9021Pho is opening its doors today, August 18th, at 11am. Grand opening event on August 27th.

Update 5/14/14: 9021Pho in Westlake Village has closed, but the new location at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is anticipated to open real soon. On its Facebook page they indicate sometime in June.

Posted 2/9/14:

Yesterday, French Vietnamese restaurant 9021Pho announced it will be opening a new location at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks by the end of March 2014. It will be located adjacent to California Pizza Kitchen in the space previously occupied by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (and more recently International Organic Treats).

9021Pho serves up traditional Pho noodle bowls, rice dishes, entrees, salads and more in a casual atmosphere. Other locations at the Glendale Galleria, Beverly Hills and Sherman Oaks. Learn more at 9021pho.com.


Burger Werkz in Westlake Village Closed Its Doors Last Week

For reasons not entirely clear to me, Burger Werkz, located at the northeast corner of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village, closed its doors last week. I was alerted by several Burger Werkz fans via the Conejo Valley Guide Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyGuide that Burger Werkz had closed.

There was no specific mention of the closure other than a comment on August 4th: "Our Certificate of Occupancy expired and we were forced to shut down due to reasons out of our control. We will post any updates on FB. Thanks for your support!! BW" The Burger Werkz phone number has been disconnected.

Burger Werkz originally opened on February 13, 2013, about 18 months ago.

They did indicate they will post any updates on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/burgerwerkz so let's see if there's any positive news in the future.


Hook Burger to Open at The Shoppes at Westlake Village This Coming Fall

Hook Burger is on the "Hook" to open at The Shoppes at Westlake Village this coming fall, along with a number of other new eateries and retailers. Founded by the folks with 35 years of burger experience with The Habit. Hook burgers are humanely raised, 100% USDA lean beef and chicken is fresh and hormone and antibiotic free. Breads baked locally at WildFlour Bakery daily. Learn more at hookburger.com.

The new Target store at The Shoppes opened on July 22nd.


Aroha New Zealand Cuisine to Open in the Coming Months in Westlake Village

Aroha New Zealand Cuisine announced it will be opening in September 2014 at 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Suite C in Westlake Village, sharing a parking lot with Lure Fish House and The Counter Burger. Specific date will be coming soon.

The restaurant is owned by husband/wife team, chef Gwithyen Thomas and his wife, Justine Thomas, who is blogging about restaurant updates at justinethomasmusic.blogspot.com. What a story...Gwithyen and Justine met and fell in love through his cooking while she and her family were vacationing in New Zealand.

"Aroha" (pronounced Uh-Row-Ha) means love in Maori, the native language of New Zealand. The restaurant is described as classy/casual with a menu that specializes in New Zealand cuisine and draws inspiration from French, Italian, Japanese and Singaporian cuisine. The menu will offer many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

To learn more, visit www.aroharestaurant.com and www.facebook.com/ArohaWestlakeVillage.

Aroha (ˈɑːrɒhə) — love, compassion, or affectionate regard. [Māori] 
Aroha is a classy casual restaurant founded by award winning chef, Gwithyen Thomas, and his wife Justine. Gwithyen and Justine met and fell in love through his cooking while she and her family were vacationing in New Zealand. 
The menu specializes in New Zealand Cuisine and draws inspiration from French, Italian, Japanese, and Singaporian cuisine. The food is locally sourced and changes seasonally to provide the freshest and highest quality. The menu is allergy friendly with many gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Justine's many food allergies drives their dedication to providing a safe environment for all customers with allergy restrictions. 
The opened layout restaurant is designed to provide a relaxing atmosphere for customers looking for a flavorful and beautifully presented meal without a formal setting.  
Aroha will be opening in Q3 of 2014

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato Will Be Opening Location at The Shoppes at Westlake Village

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato will be opening a location at The Shoppes at Westlake Village. Tifa serves up gelato, handmade chocolates, artisan chocolate bars, European drinking chocolate and espresso drinks at its current location at Whizin Market Square, 28888 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills. That would make these locations about four miles apart, which is fine by me when chocolate is involved!

We don't know the timing of this 2nd location just yet but watch for updates here or at shoppesatwestlakevillage.com.


New Target Store at The Shoppes at Westlake Village Opened on July 22nd

If you drive by The Shoppes at Westlake Village you may find cars in the parking lot in front of the new Target. I suspect those may belong to employees in training for the upcoming grand opening on Sunday, July 27th (THIS CHANGED TO 4PM ON TUESDAY, JULY 22ND). The City of Westlake Village has indicated that most other tenants will open just before or after the Target grand opening, including Tilly's, Total Woman Gym and Spa, Hook Burger, In-N-Out (no word yet on specific timing at this point), Jeannine's Market, The Gallery Seafood and Chophouse, Los Agaves, Olio e Limone, Greens Up!, Endless Beauty Supply and Suite Vibes Salon.

Other tenants to include Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, Bowl of Heaven Acai Bowls, Kirk Jewelers and others. Visit www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com for more information.


Urban Pizza Looks to Be Opening in Westlake Village in Late 2014

Darts Promoter Extraordinaire L. David Irete tipped us off that this new place called Urban Pizza looks to open in "Late 2014" according to this storefront at the North Ranch Center in Westlake Village. If it looks familiar, it is because this space at 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Suite A2 is the former home of the Qdoba that closed in June 2013, near the Trader Joe's.

The tagline, "Your Creation, Our Oven" would indicate that this is yet another addition to the make your own pizza trend we've been seeing around town, including Pieology in Thousand Oaks, MOD "Made on Demand" Pizza coming to Newbury Park in September 2014, Pizza Rev locations in Oxnard and soon at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, and Pitfire Pizza coming to the Westlake Plaza at some point soon.

Otherwise I know nothing yet about Urban Pizza other than that their website at www.urbanpizza.com indicates they locations in Simi Valley, Woodland Hills and Westlake Village are coming soon...so stay tuned.


JOi Cafe Coming Soon to Westlake Village

Driving around town the other day I came across this "coming soon" sign for the JOi Cafe at 2855 Agoura Road, Westlake Village (formerly home to the Wicked Way Cafe) in the Village Glen Plaza, next door to Westlake Florist.

According to its website at joicafe.com and its Facebook page, JOi CAFÉ will emphasize healthy, whole food, plant-based choices that are convenient, taste amazing, and fuel the body and the mind, with breakfast, lunch and early dinner options.

JOi CAFÉ will offer real, healthy, organic and plant-based foods, custom energy bars, Joi drinks and counseling. JOi CAFÉ will provide the encouragement needed for people wanting to change or better their lives by offering a delicious, healthy, meal designed for the athlete and the average person, just looking for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Sounds great! Stay tuned...


Additional Tenants at the "Shoppes at Westlake Village" Highlighted

Update July 5, 2014:

Additional tenants since the last update include Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, Bowl of Heaven Acai Bowls, Kirk Jewelers, The Gallery (a gourmet restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, chops and oysters) and Figueroa Mountain Brewing as well as a Sports Clips. Target is planning to open on Sunday, July 27th.

Posted March 14, 2014:

A few months ago we noted that the 240,000 sq ft Shoppes at Westlake Village development would be home to a new Target store, In N Out Burger and Total Woman Gym & Spa in the summer of 2014.

Since then, a number of new tenants have been named for this brand new property at www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com. Here goes:

Olio e Limone Ristorante (meaning "oil and lemon" in Italian) serves "simply sophisticated" Italian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. They have been operated in Santa Barbara for nearly 15 years and their second location will be right here at the Shoppes. Learn more at www.olioelimone.com.

Next door to Olio e Limone will be Olio Pizzeria, a casual concept emphasizing simple, delicious everyday artisanal Italian food with a contemporary twist. Enjoy boutique salumi and formaggi, authentic pizza and regional wines, Italian beers and signature cocktails.

All Tressed Up BlowDry and Beauty Bar is an express luxury service salon where you can sit at a luxurious blowdry bar, sip champagne or surf on complimentary iPads while undergoing your beauty makeovers. More at getalltressedup.com.

Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant is joining the Shoppes with its one-of-a-kind pastries and nutritious, wholesome food. Jeannine's has three locations in Santa Barbara - in Montecito, Downtown and Uptown. Family owned for 30 years! Learn more at jeannines.com.

BCBC Nail Spa will also be opening at the Shoppes, offering superior nail service in a relaxing atmosphere.

Hook Burger will be opening a new location at the Shoppes too! Founded by the folks with 35 years of burger experience with The Habit. Hook burgers are humanely raised, 100% USDA lean beef and chicken is fresh and hormone and antibiotic free. Breads baked locally at WildFlour Bakery daily. Yum! You can try Hook now in its Oxnard location. Learn more at hookburger.com.

Last but not least for now, Tilly's, which specialized in action sports clothing, shoes and accessories, is opening a new location at the Shoppes. www.tillys.com

Learn more about the Shoppes at Westlake Village at www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com.


Dickey's Barbecue Pit "Coming Soon" to North Ranch Mall in Westlake Village

Thanks to tip from Rebecca P of Agoura Hills, we enjoyed a free ice cream cone at the new Haagen Dazs Scoop Shop at North Ranch Plaza, 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westlake Village and we also learned that a new Dickey's Barbecue Pit will be "coming soon" to the 2,100 sq ft storefront (previously North Ranch Cleaner, which has relocated to a new location) adjacent to Haagen Dazs and Western Bagel. Specific timing not known at this time.

This will be the third Ventura County area location of Dickey's, which opened its first location in Ventura in February 2013 and second location in Simi Valley on January 1, 2014.

Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas in 1941. His sons Roland and T.O. took over in 1967 and they expanded in North Texas and started franchising in 1994.

According to its website, "Today, every location smokes all of their meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in 1941. Dickey's serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeño beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And just like always, kids eat free on Sunday."

Yes indeed. Kids Eat Free on Sundays and free soft serve ice cream when you eat there, next door to Haagen Dazs. Similarly, the Ventura Dickey's is located next to a Dippin' Dots retail location and the Simi Valley Dickey's is located near a Cold Stone Creamery.


Mediterranean Pita Grill to Open June 30, 2014 in Westlake Village

In January, Conejo Valley Guide Facebook follower Lauren R tipped us off that Mediterranean Pita Grill would be opening soon in Westlake Village, next to Tikka Grill at 5790 Lindero Canyon Road (near the corner of E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.).

Today we heard that the eatery will be opening on Monday, June 30th.

Mediterranean Pita Grill has been in business nearly three years at 26527 Agoura Road in Calabasas, serving up shawerma, falafel, kabob and other fine Mediterranean delicacies. Based on its Yelp reviews, it looks to be a great addition to Westlake Village.

Learn more at www.mediterraneanpitagrill.com.


See's Candies Coming Soon to The Promenade at Westlake in Westlake Village

UPDATE 6/23/14: See's Candies at The Promenade at Westlake is now open! Store hours and info at ca.thousandoaks.sees.com/chocolate_shops_thousand-oaks_ca_1ca045.html or call 805.497.6263.

Posted in April 2014:

This is pretty sweet, both literally and figuratively! Today The Promenade at Westlake announced that See's Candies will be opening soon, adding to the sugar mix that includes Sprinkles Cupcakes that opened on October 30, 2013 and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt.

Specific date not available as of yet. See's Candies Westlake Village will join other local See's locations at The Oaks Mall, Pacific View Mall in Ventura and Sycamore Square Shopping Center here in the Ventura County area.

From the See's website at www.sees.com:

See's Candies chocolate shops were founded 90+ years ago upon Mary See's basic principle of Quality without Compromise. To this day, we stand by this motto. Our chocolates and candies are made in our own factories located in both Los Angeles and South San Francisco. From these chocolate factories, we send our delicious candies to the rest of our See's chocolate shops throughout the country.

See's Candies has 200+ chocolate shops. Our great reputation is founded upon our delicious candies and chocolates, our free chocolate and candy samples, and our friendly customer service. To produce the best possible boxed chocolates, we follow in Mary See's footsteps and insist on using only the best ingredients (and we never add preservatives).


Kora Bistro & Sushi Bar Coming Soon to Westlake Village

Kora Bistro & Sushi Bar is "coming soon" to 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village, in the former home of 9021Pho (which will soon be re-opening at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks), directly adjacent to The Counter Burger.

I believe Kora will be serving up Japanese and Italian fusion cuisine. No other details at this point, so stay tuned.


Ice Cream Lab Coming to the Westlake Plaza in Westlake Village This Fall

Last month, the Westlake Plaza and Center announced that Ice Cream Lab is anticipated to open at the Plaza in the November time frame.

Ice Cream Lab offers “a place where you can create a delicious experiment” by using liquid nitrogen to whip up ice cream in seconds! Find out more about their process and their yummy natural ingredients here: icecreamlab.com

The Ice Cream Lab was founded by Joseph Lifschutz and Tommy Ngan, with it first location opening March 2013 at 9461 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills.




Temporary Nighttime 101 Freeway Closures at Lindero Canyon June 2 to 13

Reconstruction of the Lindero Canyon Road/101 freeway overpass will force a series of nighttime closures for the next two weeks.

The southbound 101 freeway will be closed at Lindero Canyon on the Mondays and Tuesdays of June 2, 3, 9, and 10. The closures of southbound lanes will start at 8:00 pm with a full southbound freeway closure to occur by 12 midnight each night.

This same process and time schedule will be repeated for northbound motorists on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays of June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13. The 101 Freeway will be fully open by 6:00 am each day.

Southbound motorists will be detoured off the freeway at Westlake Boulevard with northbound vehicles detoured at Reyes Adobe Road. Detour signs will be in place to assist drivers with a return to the 101 freeway. Traffic on Lindero Canyon Road in each direction over the bridge will remain open.

On the first two successive nights and early mornings of the closure starting on June 2, construction crews will be using jackhammers to demolish portions of the overpass as part of the reconstruction project beginning around 11:30 pm. to 5:00 am. Unfortunately, noise generated by this construction activity may be heard in residential areas adjacent to the work. While the City of Westlake Village is mindful of this temporary inconvenience, unfortunately the schedule of work is dictated by Caltrans and the need to undertake this phase of the construction in the late evening and early morning hours is necessary to coincide with the temporary closure of the freeway. Nonetheless, the City wishes to thank the community and affected residents in advance for their patience and understanding associated with this aspect of the project.

Source: City of Westlake Village press release dated 5/30/14


The "Shoppes at Westlake Village" Scheduled to Open in Summer of 2014

Updates: Additional eateries and tenants include Hook Burger, Jeannine's Bakery and Restaurant, Olio e Limone and others as well as Greens Up! and Los Agaves Restaurant.

Originally posted 1/15/14:

On May 9, 2012, the Westlake Village City Council approved development of a 240,000 square foot retail shopping center called "Shoppes at Westlake Village," that will be anchored by a Target store. It will be located on Russell Ranch Road off of Lindero Canyon Road.

According to its website at www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com, "With architecture reminiscent of a European village, trellis covered pedestrian walkways, a dramatic water feature and patio dining and lounge areas, Shoppes at Westlake Village will be a place to meet and gather with family and friends as well as a place to shop."

Shoppes is scheduled to open this Summer 2014. Target's target (you like that?) grand opening date is July 25, 2014. In addition to the Target store on the southeast end of the development, the west side will have a uniquely designed In-N-Out Burger restaurant built with stonework, natural tile and other "Older European" treatments to blend in with the rest of the development.

The other known tenant at this point is Total Woman Gym and Spa, in a 13,000 sq ft space perhaps strategically placed on the In-N-Out Burger side of the development. Hey, what's better than a protein-laden Double Double, Animal Style, after a solid workout!

Shoppes is being developed by Selleck Development Group of Westlake Village, which is run by Tom Selleck's brothers, for those who I know were wondering by the sheer mention of that name.

Stay tuned for updates...


Zooza Cafe Recently Opened at Paseo Marketplace in Westlake Village

Zooza Cafe opened a few days ago in the Paseo Marketplace, directly adjacent to The Melting Pot restaurant at 3687 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westlake Village.

On its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ZoozaCafe, Zooza Cafe calls itself a health food cafe that serves up smoothies, salads, coffee, sandwiches, baked goods and more. Open for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Call 805.496.9669 for more information.


New Eateries Anticipated at the Westlake Plaza in Westlake Village

The Westlake Plaza, located at 980 South Westlake Boulevard, between Townsgate and Agoura Roads, has been in the public eye quite a bit recently as a result of tree removals.

According to the City of Thousand Oaks, permits are in place for Regency Center to:

  • Allow exterior renovations, parking, and landscaping changes;
  • Allow the pruning of 36 trees, encroachment into the protected zone of 40 oak trees, and the removal of 26 oak trees;
  • Allow the pruning of 26 and removal of 9 landmark trees, and encroachment into the protected zone of 35 landmark trees; and
  • Allow a 900 SF addition to an existing building and the construction of two new buildings for a total of 9000 SF

City Council an Regency Centers are in process of addressing public concerns about the tree removals and working to improve public outreach. Permitting documents are located at ci.thousand-oaks.ca.us/government/depts/community/westlake_plaza_regency_centers/default.asp and local newspaper are closely following the situation.

But let's talk about the new restaurants planned for the plaza. Right now, this 281,000 sq ft plaza is anchored by major tenants, Sprouts Farmers Market, Vons and Gelsons and is accompanied by a variety of eateries and businesses, including Natural Cafe, Galleto, Tuscany, Fins, East Coast Bagel, Sweet Arleen's, The Sea Casa, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Starbucks and Tomodachi Sushi, not to mention CVS, several banks and more.

What else is in store? Among other thngs, Pitfire Pizza, Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market, Pressed Juicery and Le Pain Quotidien.

Mendocino Farms is slated to occupy the space previously occupied by Jack's Deli that closed November 2011.

The old Jack's Deli for you local nostalgia fans. Mendocino Farms Sandwich Shop is slated to open its 9th location at this spot.For updates, Westlake Plaza regularly posts new information on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestlakePlazaAndCenter.


Greens Up! and Los Agaves Restaurant New Tenants at the Shoppes at Westlake Village

In previous posts here on Conejo Valley Guide, it was announced that the 240,000 sq ft Shoppes at Westlake Village development will be home to anchors Target and Total Woman Gym & Spa when it opens this summer. Additional tenants include In N Out Burger, Olio e Limone Ristorante, Olio Pizzeria, Hook Burger and Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant.

Several new tenants have since been announced.

Greens Up serves up tasty, freshly prepared salad meals in a matter of minutes using the finest, locally grown, sustainable produce at its two locations in Santa Monica. This summer it will bring its chef selection salads and "create your own" salads as well as fresh juices to its third location in Westlake Village. Learn more at www.greensupsalads.com.

Los Agaves Restaurant originated in Santa Barbara and serve family traditional Mexican recipes hand crafted from the finest ingredients. Specialties include Chiles Nortenos, Los Agaves Enchiladas, Mole, Ceviche and Sea & Earth Molcajete. Learn more at www.los-agaves.com.


Vom Fass Closed Its Westlake Village Location on February 21, 2014

Vom Foss Westlake Village closed its doors at 3815 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard on February 21, 2014 but owners indicate they will be opening a new location. Updates will be posted at westlakevillage.vomfassusa.com. Vom Foss opened here in 2010, offering gourmet culinary condiments, fruit vinegars, exquisite oils, exotic liqueurs & fine rare spirits.

That said, in a Facebook post on January 29th, Vom Foss noted "While we are excited about our pending relocation, we will unfortunately be moving out of the Conejo Valley."

Learn more about Vom Foss at vomfassusa.com.