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

BajaFresh5.8.19TO.jpg

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. www.caferio.com

BajaFresh50.jpg

Black Bear Diner Simi Valley Anticipates Grand Opening in Late May 2019

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 blackbeardiner.com/locations.

BBCafeSimi2_edited.jpg

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 blackbeardiner.com.

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

JacksDonuts1.jpg

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.

www.jacksdonuts.com


Burgerim to Open New Locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura, Camarillo and Oxnard

UPDATE 4/11/19: Thousand Oaks Burgerim now open at 1610 E. T.O. Blvd.

UPDATE: The Simi Valley Burgerim opened in September 2018.

Burgerim Thousand Oaks will be located next to Nothing Bundt Cakes

Burgerim Thousand Oaks will be located next to Nothing Bundt Cakes

ORIGINAL POST 6/19/18

Burgerim is expanding rapidly throughout Ventura County with planned new locations in Thousand Oaks (1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste C), Simi Valley (1390-2 Madera Road, Suite P1-2), Ventura (Pacific View Mall), Camarillo (Premium Outlets, 740 Ventura Blvd, Unit 0228) and Oxnard (Northside Plaza, 191 E. Gonzales Road).

Camarillo location opened July 23rd.

Ventura (440 E. Main Street) location opened earlier this year.

Shout-out to Amelia S for the heads up.

Existing locations are the original Ventura County location in Newbury Park that opened in March 2017 and a Ventura location early this year at 440 E. Main Street.

Burgerim means "many burgers" in Hebrew. The eatery serves up 2.8 ounce burgers made to order individually, in duos or in trios. Your choices include 3 types of buns, 11 patties (beef, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef, Merguez (spicy beef), turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef and falafel and a variety of sauces and toppings.

Burgerim Burgers2.jpg

West of Orleans To Go & Catering Now Open in Newbury Park

westoforleans.jpg

Thanks to Steve Coppel for the heads up that Chef Marcus Webster is back at it again at the Kimber Plaza, 332 Kimber Drive (at Wendy), Suite C in Newbury Park with West of Orleans.

West of Orleans serves up New Orleans style po' boy sandwiches, gumbo, jambalaya and all the fixins like red beans and rice, corn bread, creole succotash and more.

Currently open for take out only Tuesday through Friday from 11am and 7:30pm as well as for catering.

There’s a website listed on their door and menu at westoforleans.com that is not functional as of the date of this post.. Partial menu at www.instagram.com/p/Bv7aZBRAQNZ/.

Chef Webster previously owned and operated N’Awlinz Bistro in this same location, until he closed it in December 2013 to focus on other business interests. He’s back!

Ameci Pizza Kitchen Coming to the Westlake Village Marketplace

AmeciWLV.jpg

Amelia S once again tipped us off of a new eatery in town (she certainly has an eye for them); this one is Ameci Pizza Kitchen coming soon to the Westlake Village Marketplace at 5776 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village.

Formerly in this space was Pieology, which closed last summer. Prior to that it was ZPizza. Music Pizza Chairs in the Conejo Valley. www.amecipizzaandpasta.com