Welcome to the first installment of Biz Buzz, a monthly dispatch of interesting business news in the VC.
Ventura’s first ever Restaurant Week runs from Sunday through Thursday, Nov. 7-11. The concept, which has proven successful in cities across the continent, is simple: Eat out more often. Participating restaurants offer two- to three-course, fixed-price meals for $20 per person. (In a very few cases, it’s two for $20). More than 25 eateries have signed up, with many types of cuisine represented. Learn more by visiting www.venturarestaurantweek.com. 

OPENING:Downtown Oxnard is again becoming a place for good eats with the opening of two new restaurants. Sugar Beets (named after the principal crop of early Oxnard) will be home to the chef from Chili Peppers in Camarillo. Sugar Beets is located at the former Casa Escobar at 455 S. A St. Then there’s The Kitchen, which bills itself as “Ventura County’s only gastropub.” The Kitchen is in the former Barroco’s restaurant at 529 S. A St…. Fahrenheit 130 is currently under construction at the Seabridge Shopping Center in Oxnard. Executive chef Robin Nishizaki, formerly at Eric’s in Newbury Park, is getting ready to heat things up at the seafood/steakhouse. The restaurant will add a new dimension to the center, which presently has Yolanda’s Mexican and Smokey’s House of BBQ in residence …. Chef Tim Kilcoyne from midtown Ventura’s jewel, the Sidecar, is set to launch The Local Café at 1751 E. Main St. (also in Midtown) the former Cook’s smokehouse. The locavore eatery is expected to offer selections like seasonal salads, wood-fired pizza and Kilcoyne’s own line of fruit preserves, most of which will be priced at less than $10 …. Brooks restaurant on Thompson in Ventura now has wine on tap, top quality vintage wines, the first in Southern California to offer such …. Last month, Studio 6 opened in downtown Ventura. Studio 6 is a place especially devoted to showcasing and promoting art in the area by displaying the work of local artists and embarking on community projects. Need to buy someone a special, unique gift? Or perhaps you just want to see some art? Look no further than Studio 6. There are a few new businesses in the Zander Building on Main Street in downtown Ventura …. and MacTalk (Ventura’s Apple computer specialist) is having a grand reopening this Saturday, Nov. 6 ….

COMING SOON …. What’s just as good as catching Bruce Brown’s “perfect wave”? Getting a beer with the gang afterward, of course! Ventura’s Surf Brewery is expected to open this coming winter on Market Street in Ventura. Not only will it be brewing fresh beer and providing homebrew ingredients, but it’ll also sell homemade sodas for the youngsters. Awesome surf and beer memorabilia will be displayed while featuring surf movies or Fuel TV on televisions throughout the brewery. Whether the waves are good or not, Ventura Surf Brewery will be hanging loose for natives and tourists alike …. With so many people looking for jobs, employers may find it tough selecting the best candidate …. Pre-Employment Investigations in Camarillo is here to make the process easier. Designed to help employers choose the best prospect for a position while protecting their businesses, PEI provides background checks, credit reports, civil reports and more to confirm the details concerning a potential employee. Potential employees: Beware of what you exaggerate in a job interview, and know that PEI could be investigating you ….

The renovation is over! Olivas Adobe is holding a grand reopening party on Saturday, Nov. 13, which will be a rancho celebration complete with food and entertainment from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit a new interactive and interpretive center in the small adobe building. A raffle and silent auction will be featured. For tickets or more information, call 658-4726 ….

CLOSING … After 12 years of business in downtown Ventura, the Gold Lion Gallery will officially close its doors on Nov. 22. The store’s legacy, however, does not end on a bad note. Rather, the owner, Connie Brose, will be retiring and plans to travel the world.  Austin’s Restaurant in the historic Pierpont Inn will no longer be serving lunch or dinner to the public. Instead, it’ll be using the space for private parties and functions ….

Need some good news? Even though the purse strings are tight everywhere these days, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) still supports the act of giving. Not only does VCCF give out scholarships and grants to college-bound high school seniors, but it also continues to hold workshops for people hoping to start their own nonprofits and charities. Over the last year, VCCF provided more than 100 workshops for approximately 2,500 participants. It’s good to know the whole world isn’t greedy ….

Biz Buzz appears the first Thursday of each month. Send news of openings, changes and other things of interest to Editorial@vcreporter.com by the 20th of the prior month to be considered.