Marie Callender's Ventura Closed Its Doors Today

The VC Star Tweeted today was the last day the Marie Callender’s at 1295 Victoria Avenue in Ventura after operating for 40 years.

Yikes! That leaves one remaining Ventura County Marie Callender’s - in Camarillo at 185 E. Daily Drive. Or you can drive to Northridge or Sherman Oaks to get your lemon meringue pie fix.

Pacific by NoRu Now Open in Ventura

Pacific by NoRu just opened at the recently vacated former home of Coconut Crab at 394 East Main Street, Suite B in Ventura.

Founders of Pacific by NoRu are Ren Weigang (born and raised in Hawaii) and James Norton (born and raised in Ventura). Their new eatery features coastal-inspired, organic foods. Menu highlights include Sake Glazed Salmon, Grilled New York Strip, Yuzo/Miso Hibachi Chicken, Roasted Beets & Local Goat Cheese, Lilikoi Cheesecake and more.

Open Wednesday through Sunday. Visit or call 805.205.9618.

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Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village Permanently Closed Its Doors in November


Aroha New Zealand Cuisine & Bar in Westlake Village announced on November 17, 2018 that, due to the impact of the Woolsey Fire, it would not be re-opening it doors. It originally opened at 30990 Russell Ranch Road in September 2014.

However, on its website at, Gwith and Justine Thomas announced that Aroha Catering will be coming soon.

Hugo's Restaurant Agoura Hills Has Closed Its Doors After Seven Years in Business

Hugo’s Restaurant Agoura Hills has closed its doors. Here’s the announcement on their Facebook page today:

After more than 7 years in Agoura Hills, we have served our last meal at that location. The calamity of the ongoing, record-setting wildfires has made our closing the restaurant necessary. We are so grateful to our co-workers, family & friends who have made the experience of running this restaurant unforgettable.

While closing is sad, we still have two locations in Studio City and West Hollywood to enjoy our from-scratch meals.

To everyone who had become part of the Hugo’s family in Agoura Hills - -we thank you for sharing your hearts with us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

We’re sorry to see Hugo’s go. Hugo’s opened on September 26, 2011 in the Whizin Market Square.

Camboni Italian Restaurant & Bar Ceased Service on October 30, 2018


Camboni Italian Restaurant & Bar served its last plate of rigatoni on October 30, 2018. Located at the Best Western Thousand Oaks Inn at 75 W. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Camboni originally opened on May 20, 2014. We reached out to the Inn and a new occupant for this space has not been identified as of yet. The hotel will continue to provide free continental breakfast for hotel guests in the meantime.

Fire Island Grill Announces It Is Closing Its Agoura Hills Location

Tony S. forwarded us the word from Fire Island Grill that it has closed its Agoura Hills location to focus on catering. Fire Island Grill Agoura Hills opened in the spring of 2017.

Email from Fire Island Grill:


Thank You to all of our loyal Fire Island Grill customers for your patronage! Due to continual growth of our Catering and Special Events business, the company has decided to close this location to foot traffic and operate Catering Only out of this location.

For Catering please call 805-581-1999 or email us at

While we look for another smaller local location for in-house guests, our Fire Island Grill location in Simi Valley looks forward to helping our Agoura customers.

Simi Valley - Fire Island Grill

1230 Madera Road

Simi Valley, CA 93065

In the 24hr. Fitness/Albertson’s shopping center.

See you there!

Julie's Alps in Newbury Park Announces It Is Going on Hiatus

Julie’s Alps announced today that it “is going on hiatus for a little while” today on its website and Facebook page. At this point it is not known what eatery will be operating at this spot at 2160A Newbury Road in Newbury Park but stay tuned.

Prior to Julie’s Alps taking over earlier this year, it was Jeanette’s Edelweiss (opened in March 2015), Brats Brothers (opened December 2012, closed February 2014) and Lamppost Pizza (closed in December 2011).

Announcement from owner of Julie’s Alps:

“On behalf of all of us at Julie's Alps we want to thank you all for allowing us to serve you for this last year, and especially through this recent very exciting Oktoberfest season.

Julie's Alps is going on hiatus for a little while. We treasure our growing relationships with all of you. We expect to possibly be moving locations and we will certainly update you with those changes.

If the location that we have been serving you from, continues to sell German food, it will not be us, unless we notify you as such, and you speak to me personally. If it's not us, we can't guarantee what you are gonna get in there.

We will be closed starting today until further notice and that notice must come from me personally. Feel free to message me or call me for verification.

We plan on having some events in other locations especially for our devoted customers throughout the coming months.

Thank you again for all of your support and wonderful reviews.”