West Village Cafe Now Open at North Ranch Gateway in Westlake Village

UPDATE 9/8/19: West Village Cafe is now open. Thanks to Christine M for the heads up. Learn more at westvillagecafe.net. They also sell Porto’s pastries and Lavazza coffee.


Amelia S. has an eye for pointing out new eateries coming to the Conejo Valley. The latest is the West Village Cafe, coming soon to the North Ranch Gateway at the northeast corner of Lindero and Thousand Oaks Boulevard, 30869 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, across the parking lot from Dunkin' Donuts and next to Domino's Pizza.

This spot was formerly occupied by Teko’s Brazilian Grill in 2017.

Stay tuned for updates.

Mad Era Brewing Co. Coming Soon to Simi Valley

UPDATE 9/9/19: Lots of progress has been made in construction and they are anticipating opening in the next few months.

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UPDATE 1/8/19: Owners noted yesterday that they have submitted building plans to the City of Simi Valley for the 3rd iteration yesterday.. Timing of opening date TBA.

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Original post 8/11/18:

The former Marie Callender's location at 20 W. Cochran Street in Simi Valley will soon be opening (as of mid-July they anticipated Fall 2018) as Mad Era Brewing Co.  Mad Era* is a production brewery and tap room that will also serve food.

* Perhaps you may note the cross street it is located at is Madera Road.

For updates, visit www.facebook.com/MadEraBrewing.

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Coming Soon to Former Home of Baja Fresh Thousand Oaks

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As previously noted, Baja Fresh #50, which closed its doors after 20 years in business on Thursday, May 30th, will soon be the home to Cafe Rio at 595 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

This is confirmed by a recent job posting for restaurant team members at https://apply.jobappnetwork.com/cafe-rio.

Cafe Rio serves up Mexican favorites like burritos, enchiladas, tacos, quesadilla, tostadas, nachos, salads and more.

Stay tuned at www.caferio.com.

Jack's Donuts Coming Soon to Conejo Valley Plaza in Thousand Oaks


Update 8/28/19: Opening date has been pushed out slightly but soft opening date will be announced soon.

Update 8/2/19: I’ve been informed that Jack’s Donuts anticipates a “soft opening” in mid-August and grand opening in early September. Stay tuned.


Hector Diaz @ThinkStatus pointed out that Jack’s Donuts is “coming soon” to the Conejo Valley Plaza in Thousand Oaks in the spot next to the “coming soon” Robek’s Juice (before that, Juice It Up), a few doors away from Toppers Pizza Place.

Jack’s Donuts originated in 1961 when Jack and Ada Marcum bought Bill’s Donut Shoppe in New Castle, Indiana. He subsequently renamed it Jack’s Donuts and the rest is history.

The closest Jack’s Donuts to Thousand Oaks at the moment is located in South Jordan, Utah, just 713 miles from Thousand Oaks.


California Fish Grill Casual Kitchen Opening Soon at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks


Yes folks, the standalone building previously occupied by Hooters, Fuddruckers and Sizzler at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will soon have a new occupant - California Fish Grill. This is excellent news for the Conejo Valley, based on my own recent visit to the California Fish Grill in Woodland Hills.

California Fish Grill is a fast-casual type place, where you order at the counter and wait for your order. I was impressed by the large selection of fresh fish, such as salmon, swai (whitefish), ahi, catfish, sea bass and others. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the taste and portions.

So stay tuned! Learn more at www.cafishgrill.com.

Barone's Pizza to Open a 2nd Conejo Valley Location in the Northstar Plaza in Thousand Oaks


Barone's Pizza is opening a 2nd Conejo Valley location soon at the Northstar Plaza. 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. in the former Rokabab, a few doors down from Sunland Vintage Winery. Their other, much larger location is on Russell Ranch Road at Lindero in Westlake Village, which opened in April 2015. baronespizzeria.com