Lowe's and LA Fitness Makes Progress Toward Opening in Newbury Park

Those driving in the vicinity of Wendy Drive and Academy Drive in Newbury Park will see the grading taking place at the northwest corner of Grande Vista Drive and Academy Drive. This will be the home of a Lowe's and an LA Fitness when the dust has settled and the construction is complete, sometime late next year.

Urban Pizza in Thousand Oaks Has Closed Its Doors

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Urban Pizza, one of the many newer "design your own" pizza places* that have opened in the Conejo Valley in recent years, has closed its doors. This local eatery near Trader Joe's in the North Ranch Mall originally opened in April 2015. The Simi Valley location has also closed its doors.

* Lot and lots of new pizza places in recent years...Pieology, MOD Pizza, PizzaRev, Pitfire Pizza, Blaze Pizza. Battle of the make your own pizzas!

Dickey's BBQ Pit Locations in Westlake Village and Simi Valley Have Closed

Looking quite empty today in this former Dickey's BBQ Pit location in WLV.

Looking quite empty today in this former Dickey's BBQ Pit location in WLV.

Dickey's BBQ Pit locations in Westlake Village and Simi Valley have closed their doors, leaving us with just one Ventura County location - the original one in Ventura. The Westlake Village location originally opened in July 2015. The Simi Valley location originally opened in January 2014.

The Natural Cafe in Newbury Park Has Closed Its Doors

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Jennifer Brecker was looking forward to dining at The Natural Cafe in Newbury Park today, only to find that it was closed. And closed it is indeed, about a week or so ago at 1714 Newbury Road, as confirmed by a call to the still open Westlake Village location and as evidenced by its absence from The Natural Cafe website at thenaturalcafe.com/locations. Sorry to see this local eatery closed.

Rave Organics Cafe Coming Soon to Newbury Park

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The sign is up at the Walgreens/Walmart Neighborhood Market shopping center (aka Thousand Oaks Marketplace) at 520 N. Ventu Park Road, Suite 140, Newbury Park. The Rave Organics Cafe appears to be coming soon.

When it opens, this new eatery will be serving up organic pizza, self-serve frozen yogurt, sandwiches, smoothies, bowls, sandwiches and more. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. 

For updates, visit www.raveorganics.com.

First Thursdays Gourmet Food Trucks at Plaza Park in Oxnard

The first Thursday of the month is Gourmet Food Truck Night in Oxnard's Plaza Park, 519 South C Street. Each event brings 8 to 12 of the hottest trucks in the southland. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with DJ entertainment, friends, and downtown restaurants and shops joining in the party with late hours and specials. Plenty of free parking on street and in public lots. More information at downtownoxnard.org/activities/food-trucks

Upcoming Dates as of 9/6/17: 9/7, 10/5, 11/2, 12/7