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Ice Cream Lab Coming to the Westlake Plaza in Westlake Village in Early 2015

Update 12/2/14: The Ice Cream Lab indicates they are now targeting an opening date of March 1, 2015. Stay tuned...

In May 2014, 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:

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.



Sprinkles Ice Cream and Cookies Coming to The Promenade at Westlake

Sprinkles Cupcakes Westlake Village announced on its Facebook page that the reason its current store at The Promenade at Westlake is closed is that it is re-opening this Friday, December 5th, at a larger location a few doors down (at the former home of Menchies Frozen Yogurt, which closed several months ago). And the new store will carry not only cupcakes, but Sprinkles Ice Cream and Cookies! Just in time for the holidays! Follow their Facebook page at for updates.


City of Westlake Village Continues Its Prohibition of Pot-Bellied Pigs

The City of Westlake Village municipal code prohibits large animals, farm animals and livestock (except horses) such as pigs, hogs, cows, sheep, goats and wild animals, from city limits.

Up to four dogs and cats are allowed per residence, as are most tropical fish and up to three small birds for every 1,000 sq ft of land area. Betcha didn't know that.

Certain other animals are allowed, assuming minimum lot size requirements are met. For example, up to three pigeons, at least three months old, are allowed for each 1,000 sq ft of land area. Yes, you heard it here, pigeon fans.

Chickens, turkeys, peacocks, geese and ducks are permitted on parcels of 15,000 sq ft or larger, provided that not more than six (6) such fowl are maintained on the premises.

That said, pot-bellied pigs are considered livestock in Westlake Village and thus are unable to enjoy living in this fine city.

But a Westlake Village resident tried to change that at the City's July 9, 2014 City Council meeting.

At that meeting, this resident, I would assume to be a pot-bellied pig fan, proposed the possibility of unplugging this particularly unpleasant pot-bellied pig prohibition.

The City Council's Administrative Committee met on July 24th, September 19th and October 16th, involving "a considerable amount of research and discussion" according to a City report that will be presented at the November 12th City Council meeting.

Ultimately, the Committee decided that the demand for keeping pot-bellied pigs in the City was not sufficient to warrant a change to its regulations. Unless City Council overrides this conclusion on the 12th, pot-bellied pigs' preclusion from partaking in pleasureful partying in Westlake Village will be propagated in perpetuity.

If you are a pot-bellied pig, we feel your pain. Join us in Thousand Oaks, where municipal code allowas you to habitate, along with other livestock pals, assuming you have at least 50 sq ft of pen per pig and are maintain a distance of at least 40 feet away from your human's pen.

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

Update 11/5/14: Progress...

Originally posted 6/28/14:

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.


Westlake Village In-N-Out Burger Anticipated to Open in November Time Frame

UPDATE 11/5/14: In-N-Out Burger Westlake Village opened today at 9 am.

That's what a hamburger's all about.  According to the folks I spoke to at In-N-Out Burger's corporate office, they are anticipating a November 2014 time frame for the grand opening of the world's most uniquely appointed In-N-Out Burger at The Shoppes at Westlake Village. In fact, they are now accepting applications to work there at

As indicated last November, this 3,700 sq ft restaurant is being built on the west end of The Shoppes development, with an archtecture and color scheme that blends in with the other stores. In another words, this will be the most unique In-N-Out Burger you've ever seen.

View from the 101


Greens Up! to Open at the Shoppes at Westlake Village on Thursday, October 22nd

Greens Up!, with two locations in Santa Monica, is opening a 3rd location right here in the Conejo Valley at the Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suite B. The grand opening is tomorrow, Thursday, October 22nd at 11 am.

Greens Up! offers freshly prepared salad meals in a matter of minutes, using locally grown, sustainable produce.  You can create your own salad at Green Up!, including your one or more greens (spring mix, romaine, spinach, arugula and kale) and up to four toppings and a dressing for $7.50. Additional toppings, including proteins, fruits and crunchies vary in cost.

Or you can order chef's selections, such as the Spa (spinach, orange segments, red onion, dried cherries, goat cheese, sliced almonds), Sonoma Coast (romaine, spring mix, roasted turkey, red grapes, orange segments, honey-roasted walnuts, mozzarella), Jarvis (romaine, roasted turkey, croutons, tomato, smoked bacon, swiss cheese, bleu cheese) and others.

Open seven days a week, 11am to 9pm. Visit or call 818.735.9770 for more information.

Greens Up! is located in front of the Shoppes fountain, adjacent to Bowl of Heaven and across the way from Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall


Bowl of Heaven Acai Bowls, Smoothies and Juice Bar Opens in Westlake Village

Bowl of Heaven opened late last week at the Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30768 Russell Ranch Road, Suite D. Bowl of Heaven serves up health and tasty Acai bowls, smoothies and juices. Each Acai bowl is custom made with fresh, frozen and exotic super fruits. Learn more at or call 818.991.0234.

Tried and liked this Sea Sider Acai Bowl


Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall Now Open at the Shoppes at Westlake Village

Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall officially opened its doors this past Sunday, October 12th, at the Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30770 Russell Ranch Road, Suite G.

Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant has operated in Santa Barbara since 1985, serving up unique items from its bakery and other natural, authentic foods. Open for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast menu includes egg dishes, benedicts and sweets and grains such as pancakes, french toast and oatmeal dishes. Lunch menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Conejo Valley and surrounding area residents now can enjoy Jeannine's right here in town.

Dawn B provided this photo of the breakfast menu.

More information at


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

Update 10/9/14: Hook Burger Westlake Village is now open to the public.

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

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


Pieology Opening 2nd Conejo Valley Pizzeria in Westlake Village

Pieology is opening a second pizzeria in the Conejo Valley, at the former ZPizza location, 5776 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The indicate it will open in December. The first Conejo Valley Pieology opened in Thousand Oaks in August 2013. Learn more about Pieology at

On a recent visit to Pieology Thousand Oaks I customized my pie with sausage, meatballs and olives.

"Make your own" pizza is all the rage these days and is the fastest growing food concept since frozen yogurt it seems:


JOi Cafe is Now Open in Westlake Village

Update 9/5/14: The JOi Cafe announced they are now open.


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 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.


Nekter Juice Bar Opened in Westlake Village on Friday, August 29th

Nekter Juice Bar celebrated its grand opening last Friday, August 29th in the North Ranch Mall at 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Unit H, Westlake Village. This used to be a Robek's Juice location. Nekter serves up green juice blends, raw nut milks and smoothies, along with healthy, raw, gluten free and vegan snacks. Learn more at


9021Pho Opened at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks on Monday, August 18th

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

About 9021Pho

Created by Vietnamese Master Chef Kimmy Tang, 9021Pho is a unique casual service restaurant that offers a Vietnamese-centric menu with French influences and California flair. Chef Kimmy blends a traditional Vietnamese palette of healthy, colorful vegetables, rich in antioxidants with lean proteins. With her exclusive flash cooking method, all vital nutrients are retained and minimal oil is used. Exclusive to 9021Pho, Chef Kimmy’s dishes are accented with handmade sauces made with fresh herbs, spices, and unexpected notes. Uniquely Californian, each dish is light and clean, and made with only the highest quality ingredients. Chef Kimmy was also a featured chef at the prestigious 2014 James Beard Award Gala Dinner. 9021Pho has four locations for dine-in, take out, or delivery: Beverly Hills (490 N. Beverly Drive), Glendale Galleria (1164 Glendale Galleria Way), Sherman Oaks (Fashion Square Mall, 14006 Riverside Drive), Thousand Oaks at The Lakes (2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.) and West Hollywood (7950 W. Sunset Blvd., Unit E).

Update 5/14/14: 9021Pho in Westlake Village has clos

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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 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 so let's see if there's any positive news in the future.


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 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 and

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


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 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 indicates they locations in Simi Valley, Woodland Hills and Westlake Village are coming 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 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

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

Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall 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 (Update: Jeannine's opened in mid-October)

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 (Update: Hook Burger opened in early October 2014)

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.

Learn more about the Shoppes at Westlake Village at


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