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

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in August 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 www.ventura.org/rma/envhealth/community-services/consumer-food/closures.html.

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

Corner Pocket 7th & A St Billiards, 658 S. A Street, Oxnard;

Rodent infestation; unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/31/17; Date reopened - 09/01/17

The Galloping Hen, 305 Borchard Dr., Ventura;

Sewage overflowing inside the facility;

Date closed - 08/28/17; Date reopened - 08/28/17

Ranchero Restaurant, 131 W. 2nd Street, Oxnard;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/24/17; No reopen date

Barrera's Restaurant & Bakery, 644 S. C Street, Oxnard;

Equipment is inoperable resulting in food temperature violations, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/21/17; Date reopened - 08/23/17

Ameci's Pizza, 151 Ventura Street, Suite A, Fillmore;

Sewage overflowing outside of the facility; not able to use sinks in order to not generate more wastewater and prevent further sewage discharge;

Date closed - 08/21/17; Date reopened - 08/22/17

Veggie Grill, 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks;

Inoperable refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;

Date closed - 08/18/17; Date reopened - 08/21/17

Happy Place Pizza, 1255 Saviers Rd., Oxnard;

No valid permit to operate;

Date closed - 08/18/17; No reopen date

Chinaland, 543 S. Ventura Rd., Oxnard;

No water available for hand and utensil washing;

Date closed - 08/17/17; Date reopened - 08/17/17

Big Z, 2428 Stearns Street, Simi Valley;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/17/17; Date reopened - 08/25/17

La Central Bakery, 600 Meta St., Oxnard;

Rodent and cockroach infestation resulting in unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/16/17; Date reopened - 08/17/17

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant, 601 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/15/17; Date reopened - 08/16/17

Casa de Lago, 715 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai;

Sewage overflowing outside the facility;

Date closed - 08/11/17; Date reopened - 08/14/17

Lombardo's Deli & Meats, 695 Mobile Ave., Camarillo;

Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;

Date closed - 08/10/17; Date reopened - 08/11/17

Tillie's Hot Dog's & Snacks, 921 Richmond Ave., Oxnard;

Operating beyound the permit limitation;

Date closed - 08/05/17; Date reopened - 08/07/17

Saigon Express, 437 S. C St., Oxnard;

Operating without a valid permit to operate, no plans submitted for changes in menu and equipment;

Date closed - 08/02/17; Date reopened - 08/04/17