Azi Grill to Open at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, August 16th

Janss Marketplace is proud to announce the opening of Azi Grill on Wednesday, August 16 at the shopping center, located off the Moorpark exit on the 101 Freeway at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. 

The newest restaurant at Janss Marketplace will feature authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Owner Mazen Nadour has been in the culinary world since he was a young man working for his father in Homs, Syria.  His culinary ancestry comes from a long line of chefs dating back to his great-great-grandfather.  The menu at Azi Grill features family recipes passed down from generation to generation. 

Nadour owned some of the best shawarma and falafel restaurants in Syria before the war forced his family to leave the country.  After arriving in the United States, he worked at the Santa Cruz Market and Beverage Company in Ventura where he learned to speak English and to prepare classic American food.

The new Azi Grill will feature healthy, delicious food including shawarma, falafel, and kabob, served with Nadour’s signature hummus and salad.  Azi Grill will also offer some American items as options to the international cuisine.  

In celebration of the restaurant Grand Opening, the first 100 diners will receive a FREE menu item.  Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes: 

  • Like the Azi Grill Facebook page @azigrill for auto entry into a contest for the chance to win two airline tickets to fly anywhere in the United States.  The Winner will be announced on the restaurant Facebook page on September 18.
  • Post a picture on the Azi Grill Facebook page enjoying a delicious meal at Azi Grill for auto entry for the opportunity to win a FREE menu item.  Weekly winners, selected from September 18 – October 31, will be announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page. 

For information contact Azi Grill at 805 370-1470.  The website is

NewMark Merrill Companies

Azi Grill is the newest restaurant at Janss Marketplace, part of the NewMark Merrill Companies LLC owned or managed portfolio of over 80 shopping centers. Since 1984 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Sigal has led NewMark Merrill in a community leadership role at the company’s shopping centers in more than 45 cities throughout California, Colorado and Illinois.  For more information, visit  For more information about Janss Marketplace and NewMark Merrill Companies, contact Heather Danko, Senior Marketing Manager, at or at 818.710.6100.

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in July 2017

The County of Ventura Environmental Health Division (EHD) protects public health and the environment by ensuring conformance with State laws and County ordinances pertaining to food protection, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, individual sewage disposal systems, land use, medical waste, ocean water quality monitoring, recreational health, solid waste, underground fuel tanks and vector control.

The EHD publishes food facility closures at

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in July 2017. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Little Caesar's #5847, 1450 W. Doris Ave., Oxnard;

Inoperable plumbing resulting in sewage backing up inside the facility and inoperable sinks;

Date closed - 07/31/17; Date reopened - 07/31/17

Cho Cho San, 400 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions:
Date closed - 07/25/17; Date reopened - 07/26/17

Disgustingly Delicious Coffee House, 252 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark;

No hot water available for handwashing and utensil washing;

Date closed - 07/24/17; Date reopened - 07/28/17

Lalo's Fast Food, 1580 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura;

Fly infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/17/17; Date reopened - 07/18/17

El Huarache de Mexico, 1486 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley;

Inoperable plumbing resulting in sewage backing up inside the facility and inoperable sinks;

Date closed - 07/17/17; No reopen date

Subway, 51 W. Main Street, Ventura;

Inoperable hand washing sink in the food prearation area;

Date closed - 07/17/17: Date reopened - 07/17/17

Panaderia La Mexicana, 515 Colonia Road, Oxnard;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/13/17; Date reopened- 07/14/17

Szechuwan Garden, 1407 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/12/17; Date reopened - 07/13/17

Gourmet Oriental, 67 W. Main Street, Unit C, Ventura;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/10/17; Date reopened - 07/11/17

Little Caesar's #5953, 67 W. Main Street, Unit A, Ventura;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/10/17; Date reopened - 07/17/17

Tacos Mi Pueblo, 2851 Rose Avenue, Oxnard;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/06/17; Date reopened - 07/07/17

Cold Stone Creamery, 215 N. Moorpark Road, #A, Thousand Oaks;

Sewage overflowing within the facility, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/05/17; Date reopened - 07/07/17

Cisco's, 925 S. Westlake Blvd., Westkake;

Bar area only: sewage overflow, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 07/3/17; Date reopened - 07/06/17

CSU Channel Islands to Become Completely Smoke and Tobacco-Free on August 23rd

Beginning on Aug. 23, 2017, CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) will be completely smoke and tobacco-free. CSUCI is taking this step to comply with an executive order from the CSU Chancellor’s Office declaring that all CSU campuses must be smoke and tobacco-free.

The Smoke & Tobacco-Free policy prohibits smoking, the use or sale of all tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vapor devices. Ashtrays on campus will be removed and signage will be changed to reflect CSUCI’s new policy.

“We never established formal smoking zones, but they cropped up over time,” said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Cindy Derrico. “Now we are going to place signs outside of buildings to indicate that smoking is not allowed.”

The following smoke-emitting products will not be allowed: cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, vapor devices, e-cigarettes or any other vapor devices. Marijuana has never been allowed.

Also not allowed are tobacco and/or nicotine in any form whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed or ingested by any means. FDA approved tobacco cessation products are exempt.

The Smoke & Tobacco-Free policy pertains to University-owned undeveloped or leased property, including parking lots, private vehicles on University owned, undeveloped or leased property and in any vehicle owned, leased or rented by the University.

The CSU-wide policy is pursuant to CSU Executive Order 1108. To read the order, visit

Derrico doesn’t foresee any problems, adding that enforcement of the ban will be up to the community.

“We are expecting people on the campus will honor this request if people forget or are unaware of the ban,” Derrico said. “We would like people within the campus community to politely request that people not smoke. The only time we would engage in strict enforcement or conduct referral would be if people were unresponsive to the request or behaved in an aggressive or inappropriate manner.”

Smoking cessation products for students will be available at the Student Health Center. Employees seeking help to quit tobacco and nicotine products can view employee benefits at:

For more information on the new mandate, visit the University’s Smoke & Tobacco-Free website at:

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSUCI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CSUCI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

Deliteful Low Carb Restaurant at The Oaks Mall Thousand Oaks Has Closed Its Doors

Deliteful Low Carb Restaurant and Bar opened to the public on May 23, 2016 but recently closed its doors in late July 2017. This was confirmed by the voice message on the restaurant phone line, not to mention removal of the eatery's Facebook and Instagram pages and elimination from the The Oaks Mall directory.


Eloong Dumplings Coming to North Ranch Gateway Shopping Center in Westlake Village

Updated 8/4/17: Sign is up. Not open yet but progress is being made, 3 months later.

Originally posted 5/6/17: The recently renovated North Ranch Gateway Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road looks like it has a new tenant, Eloong Dumplings. This tenant improvement notice on the suite at 30843 T.O. Blvd, two doors down from Musican's Depot in the TJ Maxx side of the center, indicates dumplings are in the works.

We shall stay tuned on this tasty sounding development.

Dayne's Chicago Beef & Dawgs to Re-Open at Draughts Thousand Oaks on July 28th

Dayne's Chicago Beef & Dawgs, previously located on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, has announced that it is re-opening AT Draughts Restaurant & Bar at 398 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The grand re-opening will take place on Friday, July 28th.

A call to Draughts confirmed this to be the case. No specifics as to how it will be arranged e.g. operate completely separately, as one, or some other arrangement. In any case, great news for Daynes fans.

Thanks for the heads up to Sue B. via a message through the CVG Facebook page.

Chianti Trattoria Opening Soon at the Agoura Village Center

Michael K. pointed out via the Conejo Valley Guide Facebook page that Chianti Trattoria is opening soon at the Agoura Village Center, 29020 Agoura Road. 

The sign says that Chianti Trattoria is brought to us by Tra Di Noi, located at Malibu Country Mart.

Previous occupants of this particular space, as Michael mentions, includes Fabrocini's, Revolution Speakeasy and Bistro 101.