Sapientia Coffee Roasters Opening Soon in Oak Park


The former Green & Bean in the Oak Park Plaza (northeast corner of Lindero Canyon and Kanan Roads) will soon be reopening as Sapientia Coffee Roasters. Although the sign on the window indicates April 2019, I’m told that the latest target date is mid to late June.

Sapientia will serve up fresh-roasted coffee, single origin expresso-based coffee drinks, teas, fresh juices, pastries and more.

Stay tuned!

Thanks to Amelia S. once again for the heads up.

Tantra Indian Cuisine & Bar Now Open in Oak Park

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Shout out to Michael K., who made us aware that Tantra Indian Cuisine is now open at the former home of Charhouse BBQ & Grill at 706 Lindero Canyon Road (at Kanan) in Oak Park. No website or Facebook Page at this point, nor a phone number available. But hey, it looks like they are worth checking out!

Tantra Indian Cuisine & Bar Coming Soon to Oak Park

UPDATE: Now open!

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There’s a sign up at the former home of Charhouse BBQ & Grill in Oak Park (closed in January 2018…and prior to that, Nico’s Cafe), indicating Tantra Indian Cuisine & Bar is “coming soon.”

At this point in time, we have no additional information regarding Tantra (the restaurant, that is). but we will certainly stay tuned. Location is 706 Lindero Canyon Road (at Kanan).

According to a Wikipedia article, tantra literally means "loom, warp, weave." Tantra is not to be confused with tantrum, which is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, violence, defiance, angry ranting, etc.

The Park Restaurant and Bar in Oak Park Now Open

Update 6/22/17: The Park Restaurant and Bar is now open.  Specializing in "California's finest foods, wines."

Original Post: 5/5/17

There is a new eatery coming to the former home of On The Thirty (closed last December) and Leila's (closed April 2015) at 706 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 752 in Oak Park

The notice on the door indicates The Oak Park Restaurant and Bar has filed for a transfer of the license to sell alcoholic beverages at this site.

No further details at this time, so stay tuned.

Baba's Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine Coming Soon to Oak Park

Update 5/3/17: Baba's Cafe at 640 Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park opened for business a couple days ago. (Thanks Michael K. for the heads up.)

Originally posted 7/29/16:

CVG Facebook Page follower Amelia S. tipped us off that Baba's Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine is opening soon at the former home of the Sub Contractor Sandwich Shop in the Oak Park Shopping Center at 640 Lindero Canyon Road (at Kanan) in Oak Park. No other information at this time.

Eight Ventura County Schools Receive 2017 Gold Ribbon Honors from California Department of Education

Eight Ventura County area schools are recipients of the 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools Award from the California Department of Education. The award recognizes middle and high schools that have developed innovative programs that support rigorous academic standards and create a positive school environment. The winning local schools are:

  • A.E. Wright Middle School (Las Virgenes Unified School District)
  • Adolfo Camarillo High School (Oxnard Union High School District)
  • Colina Middle School (Conejo Valley Unified School District)
  • Hillside Middle School (Simi Valley Unified School District)
  • Moorpark High School (Moorpark Unified School District)
  • Redwood Middle School (Conejo Valley Unified School District)
  • Royal High School (Simi Valley Unified School District)
  • Westlake High School (Conejo Valley Unified School District)

A.E. Wright Middle School received an additional award for being a Title I Academic Achieving School. This additional recognition is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds that assist in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

Eligible schools for the 2017 Gold Ribbon Award exclude schools that previously won the award in 2015. These schools include Sequoia Middle School (CVUSD), Thousand Oaks High School (CVUSD), Medea Creek Middle School (Oak Park USD), Oak Park High School, Ocean View Junior High, Santa Susana High (Simi Valley USD), Sinaloa Middle School (SVUSD) and Valley View Middle School (SVUSD).

This year, 275 Gold Ribbon honorees were selected out of 477 schools that applied. Additional information about the Gold Ribbon Schools Award is available at

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems.

About the Ventura County Office of Education

The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at

On The Thirty in Oak Park Has Closed Its Doors

We were saddened to hear that On The Thirty at 706 Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park (northeast corner at Kanan and Lindero) has closed its doors. Thanks to Michael K for giving us the heads up. This has been confirmed with a phone call to the eatery's original Sherman Oaks location and by the fact that the Oak Park location has been removed from their website at

On The Thirty opened it doors just this past February at this spot that was previously home to Leila's Restaurant.

Front door today, December 29, 2016.

Front door today, December 29, 2016.