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Nov 6, 2008 09:36 AM

Dakota's Westlake Village Gone

I just found out that Dakot's in WLV has closed. It sure wasn't there for a very long time.

We went twice, 1st when it just opened and a few months later. The quality of the food and service just didn't qualify the price point, so we never went back. Apparently we weren't the only ones who felt this way.

Does anyone know more details of why they closed (and so soon)? I checked LA Eater but couldn't find anything (Maybe they don't consider WLV to be LA). Carter, do you know?

Would be interesting to know the details. Thanks.

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  1. Les, can't imagine any high-end restaurant out your way is having any fun in these times. I know the property is listed for sale for nearly $5M and may be worth half that or so. Amgen's reduction in work force, meaning many high-paying jobs, has hurt many places, and you can add Mastro's and the new Grill to that list, and probably more that you know of.
    These times are not good and we can only hope they improve soon, or many more of your favorite places will also be closing.

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    1. re: carter

      Thanks, Carter.

      We tried Mastro's shortly after it opened and we were not impressed. Expensive doesn't describe it ($250 for 2) and a lot of the food went into the trash as it was just plain crazy over the top portions. Also, the staff (except our waitress) were all pretty snotty, something I can't stand. It was busy then but we haven't been (and won't be) back so I don't know how it's doing now.

      I love the Grill on the Alley and couldn't wait for it to open. We've been 3 times since it opened in early October and not only is it fabulous, it's packed (at least it was last Sat. night)!

      I'm sure you know that Ruth's Chris is opening at the Oaks next year. It'll be interesting to see how they do and if that effects TGOTA.

      Can't wait for The Counter to go in, but that may be a while it seems.

      1. re: LesThePress

        Do you know for sure that the Counter is still going in?
        I believe that the sign facing Lindero went down several months ago.

        1. re: liu

          According to their web site it's opening Jan 2009. I'll go by and see if any construction is going on. Bummer if it isn't, I really liked it and went often when I worked in Santa Monica.

          1. re: LesThePress

            It looks like you can add Suki 7 to the list as only one year old restaurant just closed for lunch and there 's never anyone in there anymore. It's too bad as food was getting better and I loved their sushi from their sushi chef " Yuki". I also heard their other restaurant P6 and Ch 8 is doing even worse and they only have one chef between the two restaurants. Again too as I really like the changes on the menu by their new chef. I guess Amgen & Country wide layoffs are really hurting this area. I'll have to look for other places as I am in the area for business often so if you have any suggestions I would appreciate it.

            1. re: Eastcoast foods nob

              First off, I went by the proposed location for The Counter, and I'm sad to say there is no way they'll be opening in January. Maybe it's true that they won't be going in at all, bummer!

              Second, Eastcoast, try The Grill on the Alley, in the Promenade at Westlake/Thousand Oaks Blvds. We really like it, but if you're going for dinner be sure to make reservations as it's quite busy.

              1. re: LesThePress

                LesThePress -- Thanks for checking up on The Counter's progress -- or lack's a "wait-and-see" for all of us in the Conejo Valley.

                Regarding Suki 7: we are involved in a holiday party there and a wedding Rehearsal Dinner in the next two months. They are a pleasure to work with and their food is interesting. I have found their party planner, Vanessa B., to be extraordinarily helpful and accommodating.

                1. re: liu

                  They closed Simi Valley location at the new mall also "temporarily." I agree with Les. I never thought the place was worth it. For the price I could go to Mortons or the other top rated restaurants. Some folks out here accept mediocre food and just dont know better. The following story appeared in the Ventura County Star recently.


                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    Be thankful that the Dakota's was the only thing at the town center that closed. Rumor has the entire center in jeopardy.
                    As to Flemming Larsen referred to in the article, he opened a steakhouse in Encino this year - hmmm, wonder if it will be meeting the same fate.
                    anyone tried Larsen's at Ventura & Woodley, in the former Bennigan's/Daily Grill/etal space? Not trying to hyjack the post, yet maybe it has something to do with the operator, or not!

                    1. re: carter

                      "Rumor has the entire center in jeopardy." What do you mean?

                      1. re: creamfinger

                        Oh no-dont get me started,,,,It means that a great many businesses in that mall are in danger. IMO whoever put in the mall didn't think clearly. The people out here as a whole won't spend the money needed to keep the mall alive. Even if they did the economy as it is now has made it all far worse. They go to expensive restaurants like RED FISH on occasions only or when someone else pays. They prefer REDS BBQ which isn't suffering by the way and it is decent food that is more in line with what the people are willing to spend. Simi Valley folks have a certain way of thinking that isn't going away because that way of thinking is being passed down from generation to generation. Believe me I see it every day. They wont go to Brent's because they feel the prices are high, The Hat is good enough. Also many people dont venture out of the city at all except for work. Geesh!!

                    2. re: SIMIHOUND

                      We went to Morton's sat. night for the $99 steak/seafood special, which we've had before and loved.

                      I upgraded my filet to a Rib Eye for $2.00 and it was fabulous! Between the Salad, baked potato and the scallops I couldn't finish the steak so it'll be my lunch today. Not even in the same hemisphere as Dakota's (was).

                      I will not miss Dakota's, and I don't think too many others will either.

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