tan bayswater mulberry Jeannine’s closes Westlake Village food hall
A “thank you for your patronage” sign greets would be diners at Jeannine’s Gourmet Food Hall, which closed this month in Westlake Village.(Photo: LISA MCKINNON/THE STAR)Buy PhotoWestlake Village is not Santa Barbara, as two well established restaurant brands from Santa Barbara Countydiscovered before closing their respective locations this year at the Shoppes at Westlake Village.
“It’s a beautiful center and the landlord is awesome. I think we just overestimated the population,”said Gordon Hardey, who opened Jeannine’s Gourmet Food Hallthere in October 2014. He announced its closure this month via a Fourth of July post on Facebook.
“A ton of people live nearby, but they work. They leave for the day. In Santa Barbara, people are always coming in and out,” said Hardey, whose family founded the first Jeannine’s as a bakery, cafe and restaurant in Santa Barbara in 1985. It now has three locations: uptown, downtown and Montecito.
The Santa Barbara County sites remain open. They also are much smaller than the 6,500 square foot food hall, at about 1,200 to 1,500 square feet each.
“That was a bold move on our part. It didn’t work out for us, but another place will do very well there,” Hardey said Tuesday in a phone call with The Star.
Buy PhotoJeannine Gourmet Food Hall closed this month, just a few months shy of its third anniversary at the Shoppes at Westlake Village. Three smaller Jeannine locations in Santa Barbara County remain open. (Photo: LISA MCKINNON/THE STAR)
Hardey is now looking for a smaller space in Ventura County(Oxnard and Port Hueneme are both in the running) in which to open Oh!MatsuriJapanese Kitchen, the concept he and Kyoto born chef Mako Tanakalaunched in May 2016 with the addition of the Ramen Shop to the food hall’s culinary mix.
Later renamedRamen + Bar, it had been joined by Three Sisters Curry Houseand counters devoted to Nagoya style shave ice and other Japanese specialties before the food hall’s closure at 30770 Russell Ranch Road, Suite G.
LA chef uses variety of noodles at Ramen Shop at Jeannine’s in WLVSanta Barbara based Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria closed at the Shoppes at Westlake Village in February, about six months shy of what would have been the restaurants’ second anniversary. “There just wasn’t enough business to support the overhead,” owner Elaine Morello wrote in an email to The Star at the time.
But a new tenant is waiting in the wings for the space: Barrocca, LLC, which, according to the names listed on its application for an alcohol license, will be operated by Jeffrey Helfer and Anthony Alaimo.
Buy PhotoAssorted furnishings are seen outside the former Olio Pizzeria at the Shoppes at Westlake Village on July 9. The space has been claimed by Barrocca, LLC, according to a new alcohol license application for the address. (Photo: LISA MCKINNON/THE STAR)
Contacted via the website for his work as a “Los Angeles culinary consultant,” Alaimo whose resume includes stints with Wynn properties in Macau and Las Vegas said in an email this week that the project is still in the early stages. On Sunday, workers were seen inside the former pizzeria side of the building, which had an assortment of wooden shutters, cabinets and other furnishings stacked just outside the door (30760 Russell Ranch Road, Suites C and D).
When it opens, the new restaurant will count Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.,Hook Burger, Q Sushi, and the Santa Barbara County based Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant among its neighbors.
In Agoura Hills, the third location of Fire Island Grill debuted in late June at what closed in April 2016as Freebirds World Burritoin The Shops at Oak Creek. It is a sister site to Fire Island Grills in Simi Valley and Palmdale. The chainlet specializes in Hawaiian inspired fare served in bowls, salads, sandwiches and platters (about $7 $14).
In Camarillo,permanent signs have gone up at the previously mentionedMister Softee, indicating that owners Jeff and Bobbi Hiller hope to have theice cream and more shop open very, very soon. Located on the ground floor of a newly constructed building with apartments on top, the shop is the bricks and mortar version of the two Mister Softee of Southern California trucks also operated by the Hillers.
Buy PhotoMi Super Taqueria is coming to the former Great Central Steak Hoagie space in Camarillo, according to a banner tied to the building. (Photo: LISA MCKINNON/THE STAR)
Meanwhile, the Great Central Steak Hoagie that closed early this year in Camarillo’s old school Taco Bell building has been claimed as the future home of Mi Super Taqueria, according to a banner tied to the front. The exterior has been given a fresh coat of white paint with blue trim. The projected opening date is unknown (235 Arneill Road).
In Simi Valley, Bollywood Indian Kitchen opened in June in the Centre Court shopping center space previously occupied by Rusty’s Bar is not connected to Bollywood Indian Cuisine No. 3 in Thousand Oaks.
The new restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian options along with mulligatawny soup ($4.99), chicken vindaloo ($11.99), lamb baryani ($12.99) and tandoori fish ($14.99). In a friendly (and bold) move, the to go menu is printed with both the business phone and the personal cellphone of ownerBalwinder Singh Sumra(1368 2 Madera Road, 805 791 3535).
In Thousand Oaks, the in rapid succession closings of Smashburger, J Doughnuts (formerly Stan’s) and White Elephant Thai Cuisine in the Whole Foods Market shopping center is an indication that an all new group of “multiple users” is being sought for the stand alone building, said David Rush of the real estate company CBRE.
Some of the former tenants reached the end of their respective leases, Rush said. White Elephant Thai Cuisine opened in 2007 (688 N. Moorpark Road), followed in 2012 by Ventura County’s first Smashburger (650 N. Moorpark Road). Both restaurants closed in June.
‘Kasian’ tacos part of Ventura Countys evolving restaurant sceneThe Carl Jr. at 887 Westlake Blvd. in Thousand Oaks has been torn down for a complete remodel that will include a new drive thru. (Photo: LISA MCKINNON/THE STA)