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

Marie's Cafe Simi Valley Opening in August

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Marie’s Cafe is anticipated in early August - specifically Saturday, August 3rd - in the Sinaloa Plaza / Stater Brothers shopping center at 660 E. Los Angeles Avenue, #660K, Simi Valley.

Marie’s Cafe will offer Vietnamese style sandwiches (banh mi), a full boba bar and shaved snow (a hybrid of ice cream and shaved ice).

For updates, follow their Facebook page at

POG (passion fruit, orange and guava) shaved snow.

POG (passion fruit, orange and guava) shaved snow.

Huarache Xpress at the Simi Valley Town Center

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Huarache Xpress opened at east end of the Simi Valley Town Center in March. A huarache (pronounced WAR-A-CHAY) is large, thick, handmade corn tortilla with beans inside, topped with things like onions, lettuce, meat (carne asada, chicken, carnitas, al pastor, chorizo, etc.), cheese, avocado, sour cream and more. Other specialties include quesadilla, burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more.

Visit or call 805.422.8858.

Surf Boba Opened Last Weekend at the Simi Valley Town Center


Surf Boba opened this past weekend at the Simi Valley Town Center in the former home of Jamba Juice (n the east end of the mall, across from Coconut Crab and California Pizza Kitchen), offering smoothies, frappes, milk teas, blends, wraps, sandwiches, salads and more. Learn more at

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to Open New Simi Valley Store on Thursday, May 30th


Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, extreme-value grocery retailer, is opening a new store in Simi Valley on Thursday, May 30th, creating 29 new jobs in the community.

Following the grand opening ceremony at 8:55 a.m., a donation will be presented on behalf of Grocery Outlet to The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley at 11 a.m. The amount that shoppers saved on their grocery purchases during the store’s first hour of operation will determine the donation amount.

The first 200 customers of the day will also receive Grocery Outlet BlissBucks ranging from $5 to $200. All shoppers will receive a free reusable bag, while supplies last.

Extreme-value grocery retailer Grocery Outlet, based in Emeryville, CA, offers big savings on brand name products every day, at more than 300 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries a full range of products from fresh produce, meat, deli and dairy to a wide assortment of natural and organic choices. They also offer a large selection of beer and wine, health and beauty care, as well as seasonal items.

Heather and David Rodriguez, the Simi Valley store’s independent owner-operators, invite the community to attend the grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 30, beginning at 8:55 a.m.

Enter for a chance to win FREE Groceries for 1 year!

From May 30 through June 27, customers may enter for a chance to win a grand prize of Free Groceries for 1 Year! ($100 per month for one year, a $1,200 value). The grand prize drawing will take place at the end of the day on Thursday, June 27, at the Simi Valley Grocery Outlet. (Must be 18 years of age or older. One entry per person, per day. No purchase necessary. Winner need not be present to win but must claim the prize within three days of notification or another winner will be chosen. No cash value and no substitutions.)

Simi Valley Grocery Outlet is located at 2974 Cochran Street, Units K and L.

Black Bear Diner Simi Valley Anticipates Grand Opening in Late May 2019 (May 28th)

UPDATE: There’s a sign on the front door indicating they are opening on May 28th.

A clear indication of things to come at the future home of Black Bear Diner Simi Valley.

A clear indication of things to come at the future home of Black Bear Diner Simi Valley.

I’m not going to hold my breath on this date as we’ve been reporting on the anticipated Black Bear Diner Simi Valley since May of last year, but Black Bear Diner corporate offices indicates an anticipated grand opening date of May 27th for the new location at 2022 First Street, next to Smashburger, at Los Angeles Avenue.

While it may or may not be the exact date, construction is definitely moving along. And there are multiple bear sightings at the site. And lastly, Simi Valley is listed in the Locations section of the Black Bear Diner section of the site at


Founded in 1995, Black Bear Diner is a fast-growing family restaurant serving home-style comfort food classics at over 110 locations. Breakfast is served all day, including omelettes and scrambles, classic 2-egg combos like chicken fried steak and thick-cut smoked bacon, pancakes, waffles and French toast and other items. Lunch includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and other specialties. Dinner items include a number of down home favorites like Housemade Meatloaf and Slow-Cooked Pot Roast, steaks, chicken and waffle, etc. Learn more at

Kids Bowl Free This Summer at Various Ventura County Bowling Centers


Here's a great summer deal that will bowl you over! Bowling alleys across the country are offering Kids Bowl Free deals during the summer months once again this year!

Up to two games per kid on designated days and times, subject to lane availability. Note that applicable ages for Kids Bowl Free vary up to 15 to 18.

The deal also does not apply to parties, camps and other organized events. And lastly, the deal does not include bowling shoe rental. With no further ado, here are local alleys in Ventura County and nearby areas that are participating in Kids Bowl Free!

NOTE: You first must visit and register with specific bowling alleys. After registering your children, you will receive coupons via email or through mobile devices, and in turn redeem them at the time of purchase. In addition to the 2 FREE Games, you may be able to purchase a family package (at participating centers) and generally must pay for standard shoe rental rates at the time of bowling.

Buena Lanes in Ventura will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm for kids 15 and under, from May 28 to August 28, 2019

Harley's Camarillo Bowl will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for kids 18 and under, from June 3 to August 30, 2019.

Harley's Simi Bowl will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for kids 18 and under, from June 3 to August 30, 2019.

Harley's Valley Bowl will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for kids ages 18 and under, from June 3 to August 30, 2019.

Winnetka Bowl in Canoga Park will offer Kids Bowl Free May 1 to August 30, 2019, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm and Thursday from noon to 4pm for kids 15 and under.

Zodo's Bowling and Beyond in Santa Barbara will offer Kids Bowl Free June 1 to September 1, 2019, 7 days a week to kids 16 and under from 9am (8:30 Sat/Sun) to 4pm.

Click this link to pin down information about all the local Ventura County area bowling alleys.