The Ventura County Star reported earlier today that Bada Sushi in Thousand Oaks has closed its doors. Thanks for the heads up goes out to CVG Facebook follower Jessica J.
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The Ventura County Star reported earlier today that Bada Sushi in Thousand Oaks has closed its doors. Thanks for the heads up goes out to CVG Facebook follower Jessica J.
Update 4/18/15: Pinot's Palette plans to open to the public with its first class on Thursday, May 7th. Visit www.pinotspalette.com/westlakevillage to sign up!
Originally posted 1/31/15:
Pinot's Palette is coming soon to Westlake Village at 2879 Agoura Road (at Village Glen). Pinot's Palette is an upscale studio where adults can "Paint. Drink. Have Fun." Enjoy a night out with your friends, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and be an artist for the night. No art experience is required. Sip away and in two to three hours create a work of art.
Update 4/18/15: Barone's The Pizzeria Express will premiere on Monday, April 20th at 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village. Visit www.facebook.com/baronespizzeria for additional updates. Barone's introduced the first pizza to Los Angeles in 1945.
Original Post: December 26, 2014:
That's what the sign says at 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Westlake Village, in the former home of 9021Pho (that moved to The Lakes at Thousand Oaks) and the extraordinarily short-lived Kora Bistro and Sushi Bar, directly adjacent to The Counter Burger.
Barone's has a location in Woodland Hills and that serves up rectangular shaped "gourmet pizzas made from the healthiest ingredients and dough made from the finest flour available, fresh salads, hearty pastas, hot sandwiches and delicious deserts that will finish any meal." See more at baronespizzeria.com.
Sounds great! Looking forward to it!
Update 4/17/15: The Gallery Restaurant has announced that it is now open.
Over the last 12 months, The Shoppes at Westlake on Russell Ranch Road off of Lindero Canyon Road has been moving right along, with the opening of the Target store in July, followed by Total Woman Gym, Jeannine's Gourmet Food Hall, Hook Burger, Greens Up, In-N-Out Burger and others in 2014.
Among others opening at The Shoppes in 2015, The Gallery Seafood and Chophouse Restaurant is coming soon. The Gallery will feature fresh seafood, chops, oysters, innovative cocktails and more in 3,180 sq ft plus and additional 540 sq ft of outdoor seating areas.
The Gallery is located on the west side of The Shoppes, a few doors away from Hook Burger.
Other eateries anticipated to open soon at The Shoppes include Pick Up Stix (opened late March 2015), Olio e Limone Ristorante, Olio Pizzeria, Los Agaves Restaurant, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.’s Westlake Village taproom, Which Wich and TIFA Chocolate and Gelato (opened late January).
Other retail stores opening this year at The Shoppes include Tilly's, Guitar Center, Sports Clips and others.
Visit shoppesatwestlakevillage.com for more information.
The Counter Burger in Westlake Village unexpectedly closed its doors earlier this week. The eatery opened in April 2009. Sorry to see it go! One of my family's favorite local burger places. The closest Counter Burger locations to the Conejo Valley are now in Studio City and Santa Monica www.thecounterburger.com/locations.
Final Update: Ice Cream Lab is now open!
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: 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.
It's a good day for some amazing ICE CREAM!!! :D When was the last time you visited Ice Cream Lab? pic.twitter.com/LUsoKFRNsT— Ice Cream Lab (@LAIceCreamLab) April 29, 2014
Haggen (pronounced “hay-gunn”) is a Bellingham, Washington based grocery store chain founded in 1933 that operates 18 stores in Washington and Oregon. Last December, it acquired 146 Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington; 83 of these stores are located in California.
What brought about this sale was a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling that 168 stores be divested as part of the Albertsons/Vons merger to ensure adequate competition. Haggen purchased the majority of these stores, with the remaining 22 stores (not located in California) purchased by other grovery chains.
Haggen has begun taking ownership and converting the 83 stores across California in March, April and May. The first store converted to Haggen was the Albertsons in Carlsbad, which became Haggen on March 9th.
So here are the stores set to become Haggen stores this April in Ventura County and adjacent areas:
Haggen notes that shoppers can expect enhanced, fresh offerings, homegrown quality and affordable prices, along with exceptional service and the friendly faces they already know in the stores that have been acquired. As each new store is transformed into the Haggen brand, employees will be invited to become Haggen employees.
Haggen indicates that is supports regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. For more information, visit haggen.com.
Learn more about Urban Pizza at www.facebook.com/urbanpizzawestlakevillage
Anarbagh Indian Cuisine indicates it will be opening its new Westlake Village location next month at 30853 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Westlake Village, which happens to be the unexpectedly former home of China Garden in the TJ Maxx Plaza (at Lindero Canyon). Thanks to Mark S for the tip yesterday.
According to the Anarbagh website at www.anarbaghla.com, "We have more than 20 years of experience in making delicious traditional dishes, with recipes from the North and the South of India. Our hard work has paid off by winning the recognition of LA Times & Daily News as the best Indian restaurant in Southern California, and being critically acclaimed by AAA Magazine, LA Times and Daily News."
Other Anarbagh locations are in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Encino and Beverly Hills. For updates, check the Anarbagh Westlake Village Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Anarbagh-Westlake/846173025405922.
Update 3/12/15: It's been awhile, but the Urban Pizza sign is up and they indicate they will be "opening soon" at www.facebook.com/urbanpizzawestlakevillage.
Originally posted 7/21/14:
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.
Le Pain Quotidien is opening soon opened Monday, March 2nd at the Westlake Plaza, 2728 Towngate Road, Westlake Village in a new building adjacent to Gelson's. The same building is also slated to include the Ice Cream Lab and Pressed Juicery.
Founded in Brussels in 1990 by Alain Coumont, Le Pain Quotidien is a bakery and restaurant that serves simple, wholesome and sustainable food, made with organic and local ingredients whenever possible. With over 200 locations worldwide, including over 70 in the United States, Le Pain Quotidien invites guests to break bread and relax with friends and neighbors around the communal table.
Some of the items you'll find on the menu include croissants, soft-boiled organic eggs, organic steel-cut oatmeal, homemade organic granola and breads, organic vegan soup, roasted turkey and avocado tartine, pole-caught tuna tartine, organic lentil and avocado salad, grilled chicken cobb salad, pastries, tarts, platters, quiche and so on.
Learn more at www.lepainquotidien.com/store/westlake-plaza.
Now if you're like me, you might pronounce it "Lay Pain Quote-i-deen" and of course know well and good that that is way off. The video below demonstrates the proper pronunciation as "Luh Pan Koh-Ti-Dyan" which may prove helpful.
The Melt is a fast casual eatery that "combines chef-inspired, all-natural, wholesome food with innovative online ordering technology in an eco-friendly environment."
The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has expanded to 11 locations in California, including Burbank. The menu includes burger melts, chicken melts, grilled cheese melts, mac & cheese, soups, salads and more.
If you take a look at their menu at www.themelt.com, you'll see an interesting, customizable menu concept which gives you plenty of options. For example, the "Italian Job" grilled cheese melt comes with fontina and provolone and mushrooms on spicy garlic bread for $4.95. You can add charred jalapeno, fresh tomato and grilled onions for no charge. For an additional $1.50, you can add bacon or spinach. Add another $2.95 for caesar salad on the side.
I suspect this will be a place I visit with my kids. Stay tuned on grand opening date.
Update 2/4/15: According to folks at the Thousand Oaks location, the new Westlake Village location is anticipated to open on Monday, February 16th.
Posted 9/26/14: 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 www.pieology.com.
"Make your own" pizza is all the rage these days and is the fastest growing food concept since frozen yogurt it seems:
Update January 26, 2015: Tifa Westlake at 30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suite A, Westlake Village is now open to the public!
Originally posted July 30, 2014:
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!
Watch for updates here or at shoppesatwestlakevillage.com.
According to The Promenade at Westlake's website at shoppromenade.com, Kreation Juicery is coming this summer. "Kreation Juicery provides healthy and delicious drinks, made from farmers market 100% organic fruits and vegetables, designed to invigorate the body and mind."
There are other Kreation Juicery locations in Venice, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica and Toluca Lake. This would be the first location out here in the beautiful Conejo Valley!
More information at kreationjuice.com.
Pearl District Restaurant opened in the Westlake Plaza at 983 S. Westlake Boulevard, #8, Westlake Village, adjacent to Sprouts, in late December. This was the former home of Fin's Seafood Grill, which closed last year.
The restaurant is named after an urban area of Portland, Oregon, formerly occupied by warehouses, light industry and railroad yards that has been redeveloped and is now noted for art galleries, upscale businesses and residences.
Pearl District's menu, available on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pearldistrictrestaurant, includes entrees like grilled Scottish salmon with okinawa sweet potato puree, edaname, Asian mushroom vinaigrette, scallions and daikon sprouts, grilled prime filet mignon with truffle-chive yukon gold potato puree, grilled asparagus and crispy maui onions and southern fried chicken breast with garlic mashers, brussels sprouts, collard greens, double smoked bacon and green tomato jam. Sounds pretty good to me!
Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market is opening on Monday, February 2nd in The Westlake Plaza at 966 S. Westlake Boulevard. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Mendocino Farms is a gourmet sandwich shop that incorporates local produce in their sandwiches, salads and soups. The name of the eatery pays tribute to the county in Northern California known for its support of the Slow Food Movement and Sustainable Farming.
Their menu includes items like the Chicken MBT (shaved, roasted free range chicken breast, local Gioia fresh mozzarella, house marinated red peppers, basil pesto, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Scarborough Farm’s greens on ciabatta), Modern Tuna Melt (all white albacore tuna with fresh herbs, farmhouse cheddar, vegenaise, housemade pickles, red onions, tomatoes, Scarborough Farm’s greens on panini grilled buckwheat) and Prosciutto & Free Range Chicken (Creminelli prosciutto & shaved, roasted free range chicken breast with local Gioia fresh mozzarella, crushed honey roasted almonds, basil pesto, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes on panini grilled ciabatta).
Additionally, you can "build your own" sandwiches and salads using a number of fresh ingredients.
About half the items on the menu can be ordered gluten-free on request.
Founded in 2005 by Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, Mendocino Farms aims to reconstruct fine dining entrees to the sandwich level and take classic regional sandwiches and give them a modern interpretation. The menu created by Chef Partner Judy Han features adventurous takes on traditional sandwiches like the Pork Belly Banh Mi with caramelized Kurabuta pork belly and the "Not So Fried" Chicken with fresh roasted free range chicken, fried crispies and finished with a house pickle-mustard slaw.
This is the 9th location of Mendocino Farms, which has seven Los Angeles County locations and one in Orange County. To learn more, visit www.mendocinofarms.com.
Incidentally, this is the former home of Jack's Deli, which closed its doors in November 2011. That said, this newly remodeled eatery looks nothing like the Jack's Deli that brings memories of yesteryear!
We were driving in the Melting Pot/Stonefire Grill strip mall and I looked up and saw something new - Petra Mediterranean Cuisine at 3731 E Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks in the large eatery previously vacated by Fiamme Restaurant two years ago.
According to their website at www.finediningwestlakevillageca.com, they are opening soon: "We've based our interior space on the famous temple of Petra, creating a variety of spaces suitable for large parties and private dining. A banquet hall is available for particularly sizable groups or business meetings. Whether dining in a group or with intimate partners, you'll enjoy our exemplary Mediterranean cuisine surrounded by splendid, authentic decor."
A CVG Facebook page tip led us to this empty The Ranch eatery at 30843 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Westlake Village. This seemed quite sudden in that there was a post to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheRanchCateringCo on December 28th and the message came to us just 6 days later. The Ranch has (or had) a solid 4 star Yelp rating and was well known for tasty burgers made with homemade buns. I would agree with that assessment based on my own positive experience there.
Update 11/5/14: Progress...but no new news as of 12/31/14.
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.
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.