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


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

The Grill by Green Acres to Close Its Doors on Sunday, April 28th


Five hours ago, the following message was posted to The Grill by Green Acres Facebook Page, much to the disappointment of hundreds of local residents:

“Regretfully, after only one year, The Grill by Green Acres will be closing its doors on Sunday, April 28th. We are very grateful to our employees and customers who have supported us during this year and we hope to see you one last time. It is very difficult to express the heartache and sadness that we are going through.

Green Acres Farm Market and Catering has served the community of Simi Valley for 50 years and will continue to operate as usual.

Any gift cards from The Grill by Green Acres will be honored at Green Acres Farm Market and Catering.

Thank you very much for your patronage, your encouragement, and your friendship.

As noted, this will not impact the Green Acres Farm Market and Catering.

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


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.

First Thursdays Gourmet Food Trucks at Plaza Park in Oxnard

The first Thursday of the month is Gourmet Food Truck Night in Oxnard's Plaza Park, 519 South C Street. Each event brings 8 to 12 of the hottest trucks in the southland. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with DJ entertainment, friends, and downtown restaurants and shops joining in the party with late hours and specials. Plenty of free parking on street and in public lots. More information at

Upcoming Dates: May 2

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to Open Newest Store in Camarillo on Thursday, April 25th

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is opening a new store in Camarillo at 2249 Las Posas Road, creating 29 new jobs in the community. Grand opening date is Thursday, April 25th.

Following the unique grand opening ceremony at 8:55 a.m., a donation will be presented on behalf of Grocery Outlet to the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo 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. Lastly, starting Thursday, April 25, through May 23, customers may enter for a chance to win a grand prize of Free Groceries for 1 Year!

Extreme-value grocery retailer Grocery Outlet, based in Emeryville, offers big savings on brand name products every day, at over 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 and seasonal items. A third-generation, family-led company founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet’s mission has always been to provide customers an exciting place to find WOW savings on name brands they trust. Grocery Outlet stores are run by independent owner-operators in the local community.

Food Truck Thursday at Camarillo Ranch House Every Last Thursday of Month

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Throwback Thursday Food Truck Fest at the Camarillo Ranch is on the last Thursday of each month from 5-9PM, April through September 2019. Upcoming dates: April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26.

Ten food trucks will be there plus beer and wine will be for sale. Free admission! For more information, visit or

What to know before you go:

  • The Camarillo Ranch House will be open for tours ($5 donations greatly appreciated for the house tours).

  • Pets are welcome but must remain on a leash.

  • Please do NOT bring your own alcohol or coolers.

  • The Camarillo Ranch is non-smoking facility. If you need to smoke, please step onto the sidewalk on Camarillo Ranch Road outside of the gates.

  • Parking is available on Camarillo Ranch Road and next door at 4001 Mission Oaks.

  • The Ranch will be closed until just before 5:00 pm, early arrivals and setup will not be permitted.

IRS and FTB Deadline for Filing 2018 Taxes for California Wildfire County Residents Extended to April 30, 2019

For tax return procrastinators out there. Did you know...that the IRS has automatically extended the deadline for 2018 tax returns and payments that would normally be due by April 15, to April 30 this year, as a result of the November 2018 Wildfires. This applies to anyone residing within Ventura, Los Angeles and Butte counties, regardless of if you were directly impacted by the fires.

More information on the IRS website at

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief based on zip codes provided by FEMA. FEMA proclaimed a major disaster as a result of the Camp, Hill and Woolsey fires on November 12, 2018 in DR-4407. See for more information.

The California Franchise Tax Board followed suit . They indicate at how to notate your tax return to reflect the fire impacted you.

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


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.

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