Baja Fresh Thousand Oaks to Close Its Doors at the End of May


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.

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 it 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.


Poke Tiki at Janss Marketplace Closed Its Doors on April 19th


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.

The Grill by Green Acres to Close Its Doors on Sunday, April 28th


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.

Go Greek Yogurteria at The Oaks Mall Has Closed Its Doors


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. (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.

Maya Mexican Cuisine in Thousand Oaks Has Closed Its Doors

Maya Mexican Cuisine now closed (photo credit Amelia S.)

Maya Mexican Cuisine now closed (photo credit Amelia S.)

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.

Maya when it was open.

Maya when it was open.

Darband Grill Closed, Sadaf Restaurant Now Open, in Thousand Oaks

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.

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Great Harvest Bread Co. in Newbury Park to Close Its Doors on Saturday, March 2, 2019

It is with sadness that we report that the Great Harvest Bread Co. located at 2092-H Newbury Road in Newbury Park (Smart & Final/CVS shopping center) will be closing its doors on Saturday, March 2, 2019 after 15 years serving the local community.

On their website at, the owners indicate that their lease is up and for many personal reasons, they will be closing.