3 downtown Ventura eating places shut amid ‘bittersweet’ change
East Predominant Road in downtown Ventura is within the midst of change with some longtime eating places closing.
The pizzeria Jimmy’s Slice, well being meals restaurant Nature’s Grill and Mexican restaurant Limon y Sal are at the moment closed. However house owners of Limon y Sal say they’re going to reopen quickly.
Meredith Hart, financial improvement supervisor for Ventura, stated the town sees the exits as a technique to transfer ahead with one thing new.
“Jimmy Slice and Nature’s Grill have been actually integral components of our downtown space for a few years,” Hart stated. “Their absence might be genuinely felt and we’re going to overlook them. Regardless of the bittersweet nature of claiming goodbye to those companies, we see these transformations as a possibility for development inside our neighborhood.”
Mark Larson, an proprietor of Nature’s Grill at 566 E. Predominant St., stated in previous years the restaurant has been closed for chunks of November and December and returned.
This time is completely different, he stated.
“The issues that made us profitable for 23 years and mainly up till January 2020 form of went away,” Larson stated. “I’m not attempting to throw shade on anyone as a result of no one did something they didn’t assume was proper or in the perfect curiosity, however there’s simply no one coming downtown anymore.”
He declined to speak about his lease or instant plans, saying: “Because it stands for the rest of the month, we’re on trip and exploring some choices. By the tip of the day that would change.”
Whereas no instant plans have been introduced for Nature’s Grill, the location of the previous Jimmy’s Slice at 586 E. Predominant St. is in new fingers.
Sky Sunner, proprietor of meals truck Comfortable Place Eatery, stated he plans to open within the area round March or April serving smash burgers, wings and Philadelphia cheesesteaks. Additionally on the menu might be a Jimmy’s Slice pizza as a tribute to former proprietor Jimmy Wright, who died in June.
“It is a particular pizza to pay homage to a legend of Ventura,” stated Sunner, including it’ll have Wright’s favourite toppings: sausages and bell peppers.
Sunner, 41, of Oxnard, stated he was assured in downtown Ventura regardless of seeing the challenges of different eating places.
“The factor is just not all companies are going to be there without end,” Sunner stated. “It doesn’t scare me as an entrepreneur to be there. …We’re actually engaged to the neighborhood via social media, e-mail and textual content blasts. So I’m blessed to have a loyal fan base.”
Limon y Sal at 598 E. Predominant St., shut down earlier this month and its out of doors patio furnishings was eliminated on Nov. 14, however the restaurant introduced on social media it’s reopening.
“We might be reopening quickly,” an Instagram put up acknowledged on Tuesday. “Please be affected person with us whereas we get able to service you all.”
Limon y Sal is regrouping after having paid its again lease and is hoping to reopen by Dec. 1, stated Councilmember Liz Campos, who represents District 1, the place the enterprise is situated. Mark Hartley, a constructing proprietor, stated Friday the restaurant is present on its lease “and are saying they’re opening.” He had no additional info.
Wes Woods II covers West County for the Ventura County Star. Attain him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 805-437-0262 or @JournoWes.