Mimi's Cafe Rebrands Itself as Mimi's Bistro & Bakery

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Ani S. pointed it out via a CVG Facebook Page message that Mimi’s Cafe appears to have a new name, “Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery.”

She’s right.

Two months ago, Mimi’s parent company, Le Duff America, Inc., announced the change to strengthen the 41 year-old eatery’s connection with France.

Along with the new name, Mimi's is launching a Bites + Beverages menu with new Mimi's House Wine, made specifically for the brand from Bordeaux, France, cocktails and appetizers. The new House Red and House White Wine will be available for $6 per glass and $22 per bottle, accompanied by classic cocktails like the French 75, a fun twist on the classic, the French Mule and a martini selection. Appetizers on the menu include: Hummus & Crudités, Brochette Trio and Flatbreads.

Mimi’s has 77 locations in 16 states, including local Ventura County locations at 3375 E. Main Street, Ventura and 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

Probably not a bad time for a pivot for local Mimi’s locations, sporting 2 1/2 star and 3 star aggregate reviews at the Ventura and Thousand Oaks locations, respectively.

Learn more at www.mimisbistroandbakery.com.

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in August 2019

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 vcrma.org/food-facilities-closure-report-inspector-initiated.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in August 2019. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Sweetfrog Frozen Yogurt, 2306 Las Posas Road, Unit C, Camarillo;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/30/19; Date reopened - 09/01/19

Cagami Ramen,1855 Daily Dr. #B, Camarillo;
Sewage backing up under the three-compartment sink, repeated violations/continuous non-compliance and unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/28/19; Date reopened - 08/30/19

Francisco Mexican Food, 345 S. C Street, Oxnard;
Inadequate refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;
Date closed - 08/27/19; Date reopened - 08/28/19

La Tapatia, 1069 East Main Street, Santa Paula;
Inadequate refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/27/19; Date reopened - 08/29/19

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, 4726-2 Telephone Rd., Ventura;
Inoperable exhaust hood system, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/26/19; Date reopened - 08/30/19

El Taco de Mexico, 210 E. 5th Street, Oxnard;
Inadequate supply of hot water for hand washing and utensil washing, inadequate refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;
Date closed - 08/22/19; Date reopened - 08/22/19

Fresh Grill Ventura, 1876 East Main Street, Ventura;
Inadequate refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;
Date closed - 08/22/19; Date reopened - 08/23/19

The Sushi House, 1127 South Seaward Avenue, Ventura;
Inoperable hand washing sink and inadequate refrigeration;
Date closed - 08/22/19; Date reopened - 08/23/19

PC's Bar & Grill, 4250 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley;
Utensil washing and handwashing unavailable due to waste water discharging from the facility;
Date closed - 08/22/19; Date reopened - 08/23/19

Wendy's, 2010 N. Rose Avenue, Oxnard;
Inadequate supply of hot water for hand washing and utensil washing;
Date closed - 08/16/19; Date reopened - 08/16/19

Boney Mountain Pizza Company, 722 N. Wendy Drive, Newbury Park;
Sewage overflowing within the facility, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/13/19; Date reopened - 08/19/19

KFC, 191 West Gonzales Road, Oxnard;
No warm water available at hand washing sinks in restrooms;
Date closed - 08/14/19; Date reopened - 08/14/19

Hong Kong Inn, 435 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura;
Unsanitary conditions, inadequate refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;
Date closed - 08/13/19; Date reopened - 08/15/19

Jamba Juice, 585-4 West Channel Islands Boulevard, Port Hueneme;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/12/19; Date reopened - 08/13/19

Yasubay, 1219 Saviers Road, Oxnard;
No means to adequately wash hands in the food preparation area, improper food handling;
Date closed - 08/07/19; Date reopened - 08/12/19

New China Wok Express, 592 West Main Street, Santa Paula;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/06/19; Date reopened - 08/09/19

McDonald's, 138 East Harvard Boulevard, Santa Paula;
Unsanitary conditions as a result of construction taking place;
Date closed - 08/06/19; Date reopened - 08/07/19

Thousand Oaks Oil, (food sales only), 3505 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/05/19; Date reopened - 08/06/19

Bobbi's Mexican Food, LLC, 302 N. Lantana St., Camarillo;
No means to adequately wash hands in the food preparation area, remodeling without approval;
Date closed - 08/05/19; Date reopened - 08/07/19

Jasmine Thai Restaurant, 1145 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura;
Unsanitary conditions as a result of construction taking place;
Date closed - 08/05/19; Date reopened - 08/06/19

Los Arcos Restaurant, 978 E. Main St., Santa Paula;
No means to adequately wash hands in the food preparation area, inadequate refrigeration resulting in unsafe food temperatures;
Date closed - 08/05/19; Date reopened - 08/07/19

J&R Fruit Stand, 2852 East Telegraph Road, Fillmore;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 08/01/19; Date reopened - 08/02/19

Boney Mountain Tavern in Newbury Park is Now Boney Mountain Pizza Company

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The re-branding of Boney Mountain Tavern at 722 N. Wendy Drive in Newbury Park is now complete. It is now the Boney Mountain Pizza Company, offering pizza, 25 beers on tap, wings, salads and more in a family-friendly setting.

This popular local eatery originally opened in the summer of 2016 at the former home of Magoo’s Sports Grill.

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County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in July 2019

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 vcrma.org/food-facilities-closure-report-inspector-initiated.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in July 2019. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Jack in the Box, 2352 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura;
Inoperable warewashing sink;
Date closed - 07/29/19; Date reopened - 07/29/19

2686 Kitchen, 2686 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura;
Inoperable warewashing sink, inadequate refrigeration;
Date closed - 07/26/19; Date reopened - 07/26/19

4 Way Meat Market #7 Hueneme, 541 W. Hueneme Rd., Oxnard;
Inoperable restrooms, inoperable walk-in refrigeration unit, remodeling without approval, fly infestation and unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/25/19; Date reopened - 07/26/19

Taqueria Caporales, 601 W. Hueneme Rd., Oxnard
Cockroach infestation and unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/25/19; Date reopened - 07/26/19

La Quinta Inn, 5818 Valentine Road, Ventura;
Inoperable warewashing sink, inadequate refrigeration;
Date closed - 07/22/19; Date reopened - 07/22/19

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, 511 Town Center Drive #3015, Oxnard;
Kitchen is not fully enclosed, resulting in unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/19/19; Date reopened - 7/19/19

Burger King #7, 2500 S. Ventura Rd., Oxnard;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/18/19; Date roepened - 07/20/19

Garcia's Catering & Restaurant, 165 North Hayes Street, Oxnard;
No permit to operate;
Date closed - 07/18/19; Permit issued - 07/19/19

Player's Card Club, 6580 Auto Center Drive, Ventura;
Inoperable plumbing resulting in sewage overflowing outside of the facility;
Date closed - 07/17/19; Date reopened - 07/17/19

La Michoacana Azteca, 500 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura;
No hot water available at the facility;
Date closed - 07/16/19; Date reopened - 07/16/19

Don Lalo's 385 West El Roblar Drive, Ojai;
Power outage, inadequate refrigeration;
Date closed - 07/16/19; Date reopened - 07/17/19

Henny Penny Fish & Chips, 200 S. Ventura Rd., Oxnard;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/16/19; Date roepened - 07/22/19

Fratelli's Pizza & Brews, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Unit 100, Ventura;
No means to adequately wash hands in the food preparation area;
Date closed - 07/15/19; Date reopened - 07/19/19

J&R Fruit Stand, 2852 East Telegraph Road, Fillmore;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/15/19; Date reopened - 07/17/19

Rosabella's Cafe & Bakery, 2705 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/12/19; Date reopened - 07/13/19

Spring Garden, 1795 S. Victoria Ave. #101-A, Ventura;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/08/19; Date reopened - 07/09/19

Ventura County Market, 116 South Mill Street, Santa Paula;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 07/02/19; Date reopened - 07/05/19

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in June 2019

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 vcrma.org/food-facilities-closure-report-inspector-initiated.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in June 2019. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Hunan Garden Chinese Restaurant, 5241 Mission Oaks, Camarillo;
Inoperable main refrigeration unit - resulting in unsafe food temperatures, no sanitizer, & employee had no knowledge of proper utensil washing and sanitization;
Date closed - 06/27/19; Date reopened - 06/28/19

Toki Restaurant, 2850 Johnson Drive, Unit E, Ventura;
No warewashing sink or food preparation sink available, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/26/19; No reopen date

Fast Lane 76, 206 East Harvard Boulevard, Santa Paula;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/26/19; Date reopened - 06/27/19

Rocket Fizz, 593 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks;
No permit to operate;
Date closed - 06/26/19; Date reopened - 06/27/19

Taqueria Chavocho, 900 W. Wooley Rd., Oxnard;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions & food temperature violations;
Date closed - 06/26/19; Date reopened - 06/28/19

Rebecca's Juice Bar, 719 South Oxnard Boulevard, Oxnard;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/25/19; Date reopened - 06/26/19

J&R Fruit Stand, 2854 Telegraph Road, Fillmore;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/24/19; Date reopened - 06/25/19

Mia's, 1760 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura;
No hot water available for utensil washing and no warm water available for hand washing;
Date closed - 06/20/19; No reopen date

Ray's Panaderia & Donuts, 3734 Saviers Road, Oxnard;
Inoperable hand washing sink, operating beyond the limitations of the permit;
Date closed - 06/20/19; Date reopened - 06/20/19

Taco Inn, 812 North Ventura Road, Oxnard;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/19/19; Date reopened - 06/20/19

Happy Bowl Express, 716 Arneill Rd., Camarillo;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/17/19; Date reopened - 06/18/19

Ameci Pizza & Pasta, 1929 S. Patterson Rd., Oxnard; 
No valid Permit to Operate, inoperable equipment, unsanitary conditions; 
Date closed - 06/14/19; No reopen date (new owner, new permit issued on 6/27/19) 

Hunan Garden Chinese Restaurant, 5241 Mission Oaks, Camarillo;
Inoperable main refrigeration unit - resulting in unsafe food temperatures, sewage backup & unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/13/19; Date reopened - 06/14/19

Mira Monte Grill, 11420 Ventura Avenue #114, Ojai;
Inoperable warewashing sink;
Date closed - 06/13/19; Date reopened - 06/14/19

Green Crush, 3301 East Main Street, Ventura;
No permit to operate;
Date closed - 06/13/19; Date reopened - 06/13/19

Fuji Buffet, 1301 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard;
No valid Permit to Operate, cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/13/19; Date reopened - 06/17/19 (new permit issued)

Carniceria Los Corrales, 2151 E. Channel Islands Blvd.,Oxnard
Poor food handling, no hand washing sink & unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/06/19; Date reopened - 06/13/19

The Good Habit, 1984 N. Ventura Rd., Oxnard;
No hot water for utensil washing, no warm water for hand washing;
Date closed - 06/06/19; Date reopened - 06/07/19

Maki Plus, 2071 Statham Blvd., Oxnard;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 06/03/19; Date reopened - 06/04/19

Namaste Spiceland Is, or at Least Was, a Hidden Vegetarian Gem in Thousand Oaks

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Namaste Spiceland Indian Grocery Store and Vegetarian Indian Cuisine relocated to its new, larger, standalone location this past February at 821 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks (cross street Houston Drive, a block west of the SR23). Take the Rancho offramp from the 101 and turn left on T.O. Blvd.

Namaste Spiceland is no longer a “hidden” gem as it is so clearly visible to the community now compared to its former location in the Palm Plaza. You cannot and should not miss Namaste Spiceland now as they offer such a delicious, nutritious and quite reasonably priced assortment of Indian specialties.

Namaste is an Indian grocery store specializing in vegetarian/vegan items. Quite an interesting assortment of things you would never find at an Albertson’s or Ralph’s!

But the big draw for many, like me, is their fast casual vegetarian Indian cuisine. While I haven’t mastered the names of the items or know what they mean when I attempt to pronounce them, I come prepared to point at the items that I want. Or just ask.

And on the “or just ask” note, on the moderately busy Saturday that I visited, I felt a casual, family-like vibe that was so relaxing. Very nice folks here, more than willing to answer questions with a smile. Adding to that feeling was the fact that after we ordered, we were told we could pay after we ate. Quite a trusting, relaxed feel. So nice to see.

So in any case, there are combo plates that are very much a bargain - ek, do and te3n - which I’m assuming mean 1, 2 and 3. For $7.49, ek includes two vegetable dishes, basmati rice, chapati or puri, pickle, onion and raita. For a dollar more, “do” includes a samosa.

“What’s a samosa?” I asked the girl in line in front of us. Kind of a baked pastry with potato, peas, onion, lentil and other items inside of it. We did try it and it was delicious, along with the other items squash and lentil dish, potatoes, chana and other items. Nice assortment of items. There was so much food on my plate I couldn’t finish it!

A CVG Instagram acquaintance, Nilofer, told me to try the Hot Chai. When I saw the prices, I thought, these must be tiny cups…$1.25 for a small, $2 for a large. How could that be? I pay $4 to $5 for Hot Chai at Starbucks and Coffee Bean. The $2 Hot Chai was basically the deal of the century! Tasted great and easy on the wallet!

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Namaste Spiceland is open daily from 10am to 9pm. Visit www.namastespicelandthousandoaks.com or call 805.373.6761.

How cool is this outdoor covered eating area at Namaste Spiceland!

How cool is this outdoor covered eating area at Namaste Spiceland!

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in May 2019

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 vcrma.org/food-facilities-closure-report-inspector-initiated.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in May 2019. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Casa Via Mar Inn & Tennis Club, 377 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 05/31/19; No reopen date

Edwards Camarillo, 680 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo;
No hot water for utensil or hand washing;
Date closed - 05/30/19; Date reopened - 05/30/19

Subway, 2031 Stratham Blvd., Oxnard;
No hot water for utensil or hand washing;
Date closed - 05/30/19; Date reopened - 06/01/19

Cagami Ramen, 1855 Daily Dr. B, Camarillo;
Serious and repeated violations;
Date closed - 05/30/19; Date reopened - 05/31/19

Millie's Diner, 2597 Sycamore Dr., Simi Valley;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 05/29/19; Date reopened- 05/31/19

P.J.'s Boulevard Cafe, 2157 Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 05/29/19; Date reopened - 05/31/19

805Copa, 1575 Spinnaker Drive, Unit 101A, Ventura;
Cockroach infestation, inoperable plumbing, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 05/21/19; Date reopened - 05/23/19

Win's Drive In, 310 North A Street, Oxnard;
Cockroach infestation, unsanitary conditions; 
Date closed - 05/20/19; Date reopened - 05/21/19

Romano's Macaroni Grill, 2920 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley;
Sewage overflowing within the facility, utensil washing sinks not available for use, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 05/16/19; Date reopened -05/17/19

Del Taco #868, 2000 N.Rose Ave., Oxnard;
No warm water available for adequate hand washing at both employee/customer restrooms; 
Date closed - 05/13/19; Date reopened - 05/14/19

Great Central Steak & Hoagie, 410 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 05/07/19; Date reopened - 05/09/19

Yankee Doodle Bakery, 2035 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard;
No valid Permit to Operate;
Date closed - 05/06/19; Date reopened - 05/07/19 (new permit issued)

Subway #47978, 2409 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura;
Inoperable plumbing making the food preparation sink inoperable;
Date closed - 05/03/19; Date reopened - 05/03/19

County of Ventura Food Facility Closures in April 2019

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 vcrma.org/food-facilities-closure-report-inspector-initiated.

The following facility closures (exclusive of mobile facilities) were noted in April 2019. Keep in mind when reviewing this that there are many possible reasons for the closures, most of which are very temporary issues.

Cagami Ramen, 1855 Daily Drive #B, Camarillo;
Permit suspension as a result of failing to comply with the Notice of Decision and Order issued on 04/29/2019 to address ongoing facility/equipment maintenance and sanitation violations and to protect the public from potential adverse health impacts;
Date closed - 04/30/19; Date reopened - 05/01/19

Red Hot Foods, 820 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula;
Rodent infestation and unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 04/29/19; Date reopened - 05/01/19

Panera Bread, 205 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks;
No utensil washing facilities available;
Date closed - 04/25/19; Date reopened - 04/30/19

El Tapatio, 663 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard;
Unable to perform necessary inspections/unable to determine compliance with the Health and Safety Code due to no access to the food facility provided;
Inspection conducted on 4/26/2019 and observed inoperable plumbing (no hot water available for utensil washing/cleaning, or warm water for hand washing) and unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 04/23/19; No reopen date

New China Wok Express, 610 W. Ventura Street, Fillmore;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 04/22/19; Date reopened - 04/23/19

Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, 2306 Las Posas Road, Camarillo;
No warm water available for adequate hand washing and no hot water available for utensil washing;
Date closed - 04/16/19; Date reopened - 04/17/19

Little Caesar's #5953, 67 W. Main Street, Ventura;
Sewage overflowing inside the facility, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 04/16/19; Date reopened - 04/17/19

Baskin Robbins, 1413 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura;
Sewage overflowing inside the facility, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 04/16/19; Date reopened - 04/16/19

Cajun Kitchen Cafe, 301 E. Main Street, Ventura;
Inoperable hand washing sink in the food preparation area;
Date closed - 04/16/19; Date reopened - 04/16/19

Kreasian Kitchen, 3068 Cochran Street, Simi Valley;
No hot water available for utensil washing/cleaning, or warm water for hand washing;
Date closed - 04/05/19; Date reopened - 04/06/19

Arco Iris #1, 610 S. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard;
Unsanitary conditions, repeated violations and poor food handling to the level of posing an immediate health risk;
Date closed - 04/04/19; Date reopened - 04/05/19

Cold Stone Creamery, 215 N. Moorpark Road, #A, Thousand Oaks;
Rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions;
Date closed - 04/04/19; Date reopened - 04/05/19

North Ranch Country Club Tennis Club Bar, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Thousand Oaks;
No valid Permit to Operate, no plans submitted;
Date closed - 04/03/19; No reopen date

Ventura Crab and Spice, 4732 Telephone Road, Unit 5B, Ventura;
Inoperable hand washing sink;
Date closed - 04/02/19; Date reopened - 04/02/19