What’s next? We shall see.
According to no less than half a dozen sources, Outback Steakhouse Thousand Oaks, at its iconic location at 137 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, will be closing its doors later this month. The sources are correct.. After 23 years serving the Conejo Valley, Outback Steakhouse will be closing its doors on Monday, June 24th.
A CVG Instagram follower first noted the situation. I thought, no way, how do you know? Then I drove by Outbook and saw the “For Lease” sign up in front of the building.
But hey, the lease could be for another unit in the two story, 13,449 square foot building built in 1978. But the space that is currently up for lease is a 6,500 square foot, 1st floor restaurant space. That ain’t the Century 21 office (though that said, Century 21 Commercial is the listing agent).
So then I think, well maybe the landlord is listing it as a backup plan if the lease is in negotiation. That could be the case, though unlikely.
Several employees confirmed via phone and in person that indeed, they have been told that they would be closing later this month. The 24th has been the most repeated date by concerned folks on the CVG Facebook page.
Folks always ask, why are they closing? There’s all sorts of reasons businesses close and generally they are not made public - rent increases, now landlords, retiring owners or simply not making adequate profit - are all possible reasons.
If this location does close its doors, that would leave just the Oxnard location at 2341 Lockwood Street open in Ventura County. www.outback.com
Several folks reached out to let us know that Baja Fresh #50, opened in January 1999 at 595 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks will be closing at the end of this month.
UPDATE: Thursday, May 30th is the final day this Baja Fresh will be open.
There were no apparent signs of this happening at Baja Fresh - no signs, no social media mentions - but I was hungry tonight and decided to stop by for a burrito. Burrito Mexicano and chips in hand, it was then that I confirmed with staff that Baja Fresh #50 would indeed be closing by the end of this month.
It is a sad moment for me as, having lived and raising kids in the Conejo Valley for decades, Baja Fresh has been a mainstay, albeit less so in recent years,
The very first Baja Fresh opened in the Kimber Plaza in Newbury Park in 1990. It subsequently relocated to The Village at Newbury Park (near Home Depot), where after a number of years, closed its doors on January 10, 2012.
From what I gathered from staff, Cafe Rio Mexican Grill is looking to open in this spot. While I have not independently confirmed this, I do know that Cafe Rio is currently hiring restaurant managers for its new Thousand Oaks location. www.caferio.com
Poke Tiki at Janss Marketplace closed its doors on April 19th, just under two years from the day it opened. Previously in that space was Salad Gourmet from 2013 to 2016 and before that, it was Burger King.
The sign on the door says “there will be new and exciting things coming.” The Janss website indicates an eatery called "Matcha" is coming to the Marketplace. We shall see.
Five hours ago, the following message was posted to The Grill by Green Acres Facebook Page, much to the disappointment of hundreds of local residents:
“Regretfully, after only one year, The Grill by Green Acres will be closing its doors on Sunday, April 28th. We are very grateful to our employees and customers who have supported us during this year and we hope to see you one last time. It is very difficult to express the heartache and sadness that we are going through.
Green Acres Farm Market and Catering has served the community of Simi Valley for 50 years and will continue to operate as usual.
Any gift cards from The Grill by Green Acres will be honored at Green Acres Farm Market and Catering.
Thank you very much for your patronage, your encouragement, and your friendship.
As noted, this will not impact the Green Acres Farm Market and Catering.
Well that was quick. Go Greek Yogurteria, which opened at The Oaks shopping mall in June 2018, has closed its doors. And we were JUST there. For those who did check them out and enjoyed them, you’ll now have to drive to Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas to enjoy their product. www.gogreekyogurt.com/ (Thanks to Ani S for the heads up via the CVG Facebook Page.)
What’s next for this spot in the outdoor shops section of The Oaks, near Dick’s Sporting Goods? I don’t know, but we shall see.
After operating in the Northgate Plaza at the southwest corner of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards, for approximately 14 months, Maya Mexican Cuisine, as report by Amelia S via the CVG Facebook Page, has closed its doors.
What’s next? Well, it is for lease. Previous occupants have included Cut 360 Steakhouse and Churrascaria, The Napa Tavern and Piatti Ristorante & Bar.
Conejo Valley Guide Facebook Follower Ani S reports that very recently, there is a new owner/occupant of what used to be Darband Grill at 868 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. Sadaf Restaurant is now operating there, serving up Persian cuisine.
Sadaf, which has operated a location in Encino for a number of years, offers “modern Persian cuisine” made with 100% olive and vegetable oils, using no preservatives or additives.