SpireWorks Modern Döner Coming Soon to Westlake Village


Shout out to Amelia Schad for pointing out that SpireWorks Modern Döner will be opening soon in the former home of Big Fish Poke (and prior to that, Ice Cream Lab) at 2725 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village (Westlake Plaza), next to Le Pain Quotidien.

SpireWorks is a build your own fast casual restaurant centered around vertically spit roasted meats (called Döner), fresh baked bread and fun / foodie toppings. More info at www.spireworks.com.

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in March 2018

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 vcrma.org/food-facilities-closure-report-inspector-initiated.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in February 2018. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Taqueria 3 Estrellas, 125 Dean Drive, Santa Paula;
Cockroach/rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed – 03/29/2018; Date reopened - 03/30/18

Best Bar-B-Que., 915 E. Harvard Boulevard, Santa Paula;
Serious and repeated violations, failure to adhere to a compliance agreement;
Date Closed - 03/27/18; Date reopened - 03/28/18

Ray's Donuts & Bakery, 3734 Saviers Road, Oxnard;
Inoperable hand washing sink, evidence of rodent activity, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/26/18; Date reopened - 03/27/18

Subway, 11420 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai;
Overflowing sewage, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/23/18; Date reopened - 03/27/18

Oralia's Bakery, 430 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard;
Roof leaking into facility resulting in the contamination of food products, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/22/18; Date reopened - 03/23/18

Holiday Inn Express, 350 E. Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme;
Inoperable plumbing, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/20/18; Date reopened - 03/20/18

IHOP, 715 Ventura Street, Fillmore;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/20/18; Date reopenend - 03/21/18

El Taco de Guadalajara, 3845 Telegraph Road, Ventura;
Serious and repeated violations, failure to adhere to a compliance agreement, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/19/18; Date reopened - 03/20/18

McDonald's, 2375 Tapo Street, Simi Valley;
No approved restrooms available, unsanitary conditions due to construction dust;
Date closed - 03/19/18; Date reopened - 03/21/18

Janchi Korean BBQ, 165 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks;
No hot water for hand washing and utensil washing;
Date closed - 03/19/18; Date reopened - 03/19/18

Bella's Teas & Treats, 275 Central Avenue, Fillmore;
No valid permit to operate;
Date Closed - 03/14/18; No reopen date

Panaderia Las Palmas, 2155 E. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard;
Inoperable plumbing for hand washing, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/13/18; Date reopened - 03/16/18

Subway, 353 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard;
Inoperable equipment resulting in contamination of food product, inadequate refrigeration;
Date Closed - 03/12/18; Date reopened - 03/13/18

Namaste Spiceland, 2707 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks;
No hot water for utensil and hand washing;
Date Closed - 03/12/18; Date reopened - 03/15/18

Henny Penny, 200 Ventura Road, Oxnard;
Operating without a valid permit, no plans submitted;
Date Closed - 03/08/18; No reopen date

La Central Bakery, 600 Meta Street, Oxnard;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/07/18; Date reopened - 03/08/18

El Pollo Loco, 1722 S. Victoria Avenue, #A, Ventura;
Plumbing is inoperable and resulting in sewage discharge outside of facility;
Date Closed - 03/05/18; Date reopened - 03/06/18

IHOP, 715 Ventura Street, Fillmore;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date Closed - 03/05/18; Date reopened - 03/06/18

Rave Organics Cafe Now Open in Newbury Park

Update: Rave Organics Cafe is now open. www.facebook.com/RaveOrganics


Originally posted 9/9/17:

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.

The Raspado House Coming Soon to Thousand Oaks

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The Raspado House is "coming soon" to 540 N. Moorpark Road, the former home of The Healthy Place smoothies.

What is The Raspado House? There's no website so I went to their Facebook page, which says absolutely nothing other than "smoothie & juice bar in Moorpark." Um, ok. So how about a look at Yelp.

Yelp did help. The business indicates they serve shave ice, real fresh fruit smoothies, fresh fruit bowls, aguas frescas, snacks and more. 

Sounds pretty good. But The Raspado House folks, listen up. If you want people to visit you, it's a good idea to explain what you serve. And the beauty of it in this day and age is that you can do it for free via social media if you so choose.


Go Greek Yogurteria Coming Soon to Former Paciugo Gelato Location in Thousand Oaks


Paciugo Gelato closed its doors earlier this year at The Oaks Mall. Opening soon at this location, across from Dick's Sporting Goods in the outdoor shops section of the mall, is Go Greek Yogurteria.

Go Greek's menu includes Fresco (fresh Greek yogurt creations), Kyro (self-serve Greek frozen yogurt), Parfaits and coffee.

They are currently hiring at gogreekyogurtcareers.com.

Learn more at www.gogreekyogurt.com.

Pink's Hot Dogs to Open Location at Camarillo Premium Outlets in June 2018


Pink's Hot Dogs is opening in The Promenade section of the Camarillo Premium Outlets in the June 2018 time frame. It will be located between Wilson's Leather and Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant.

Learn more on the Pink's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/camarillopinks.


Food Truck Thursday at Camarillo Ranch House Every Last Thursday of Month

Food Truck Fest at the Camarillo Ranch is on the last Thursday of each month from 5-9PM, April through October 2018. Upcoming dates: April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27 and October 25.

Ten food trucks will be there plus beer and wine will be for sale. Free admission! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/camranchfoodtruckfest or www.camarilloranch.org.