Healing Garden Dedication Ceremony at Conejo Creek Park North on November 7th

The City of Thousand Oaks, along with the Conejo Recreation and Park District and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, will be hosting a dedication ceremony of the Healing Garden on November 7, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion at Conejo Creek North, located at 1379 E Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. Park gates will open at 2:30 p.m. Please note that access to the park will be restricted until that time.

In response to the tragedy at the Borderline Bar and Grill in November 2018, where twelve lives were taken, the City and Conejo Recreation and Park District partnered to create a Healing Garden, a place where the community can reflect, grieve, remember, and heal.

Although Conejo Creek North Park is open during construction, public access to the park will be prohibited prior to 2:30 on November 7. The public is advised to allow ample time for parking, which will be available at Conejo Creek South with shuttles available.

Healing Garden construction updates can be found at www.crpd.org/planning/planning-documents.

What: Healing Garden dedication ceremony.

Where: Lakeside Pavilion at Conejo Creek North, 1379 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

When: November 7, 2019. Gates open 2:30. Ceremony begins at 3:15.

Rocket Fizz Thousand Oaks to Close Its Doors on October 23rd


Hector Diaz of Newbury Park sent over these photos showing the Thousand Oaks Rocket Fizz is closing its doors on October 23rd. It originally opened on December 3, 2010 across from Peet's Coffee and the former Baja Fresh on Moorpark Road at Wilbur.

Other Rocket Fizz locations that have come and gone in the local area include Camarillo and Westlake Village. The Ventura location remains open at 315 E. Main Street. rocketfizz.com


Robeks Juice Now Open in the Conejo Valley Plaza in Thousand Oaks

October 2019: Robeks Fresh Juice and Smoothie Store at 1404 N. Moorpark Road in the Conejo Valley Shopping Center is now open. Store hours are 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Sunday. Grand opening event on October 26th. Check for updates on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/robeksthousandoaks.

Robeks Juice now open!

Robeks Juice now open!

Progress (June 2019)

Progress (June 2019)


January 2019:

There's a Robeks Juices and Smoothies coming soon to the Conejo Valley Plaza (aka Toppers Pizza Plaza), 1414 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Don’t know the timing as of yet, but this will double the number of Robeks in Ventura County - the other one is at the Las Posas Plaza in Camarillo.

Previously this was Juice It Up Raw Juice Bar, which opened in Summer 2015 and closed in Summer 2018. Prior to that this was briefly Tizzy Yogurt Cafe (closed December 2014) and before that, Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt.


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


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.

Subway at Janss Marketplace Has Closed Its Doors


Kira K pointed out that the Subway at Janss Marketplace is now closed. A sign points out there's another Subway just 300 meters (or approximately 984 foot longs) in the Village Court strip mall at 440 North Moorpark Road, northeast corner of Moorpark Road and Brazil Street in Thousand Oaks.

Well this is a bummer for me personally as we did patronize this particularly Subway more than most.

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Coming Soon to Former Home of Baja Fresh Thousand Oaks

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As previously noted, Baja Fresh #50, which closed its doors after 20 years in business on Thursday, May 30th, will soon be the home to Cafe Rio at 595 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

This is confirmed by a recent job posting for restaurant team members at https://apply.jobappnetwork.com/cafe-rio.

Cafe Rio serves up Mexican favorites like burritos, enchiladas, tacos, quesadilla, tostadas, nachos, salads and more.

Stay tuned at www.caferio.com.

Jack's Donuts Coming Soon to Conejo Valley Plaza in Thousand Oaks


Update 8/28/19: Opening date has been pushed out slightly but soft opening date will be announced soon.

Update 8/2/19: I’ve been informed that Jack’s Donuts anticipates a “soft opening” in mid-August and grand opening in early September. Stay tuned.


Hector Diaz @ThinkStatus pointed out that Jack’s Donuts is “coming soon” to the Conejo Valley Plaza in Thousand Oaks in the spot next to the “coming soon” Robek’s Juice (before that, Juice It Up), a few doors away from Toppers Pizza Place.

Jack’s Donuts originated in 1961 when Jack and Ada Marcum bought Bill’s Donut Shoppe in New Castle, Indiana. He subsequently renamed it Jack’s Donuts and the rest is history.

The closest Jack’s Donuts to Thousand Oaks at the moment is located in South Jordan, Utah, just 713 miles from Thousand Oaks.


California Fish Grill Casual Kitchen Opening Soon at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks


Yes folks, the standalone building previously occupied by Hooters, Fuddruckers and Sizzler at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will soon have a new occupant - California Fish Grill. This is excellent news for the Conejo Valley, based on my own recent visit to the California Fish Grill in Woodland Hills.

California Fish Grill is a fast-casual type place, where you order at the counter and wait for your order. I was impressed by the large selection of fresh fish, such as salmon, swai (whitefish), ahi, catfish, sea bass and others. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the taste and portions.

So stay tuned! Learn more at www.cafishgrill.com.