Also: Yolanda's in Ventura gets new reopening date

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The first of two Dunkin' Donuts stores coming to the Ventura County area will debut at 5 a.m. Dec. 6 at the North Ranch Gateway in Westlake Village.
Located at an address formerly occupied by Barbeques Galore, the coffee-and-doughnuts spot is opening just in time to offer the Massachusetts-based chain's seasonal Candy Cane Crunch Donut, along with its everyday menu of cold brew coffee, lattes, sandwiches and baked goods.
It will be operated by Southern California-based franchisee Aharon Aminpour, owner of Madison Food Management, LLC. Aminpour has two existing Dunkin' Donuts locations in Encino and downtown Los Angeles. He plans to develop 30 additional sites in the Southern and Central California regions over the coming years, said a spokesperson for the chain.
The Westlake Village location features LED lights, energy-efficient windows and low-flow faucets, earning it designation as a DD Green Achievement restaurant.
On Dec. 6, the first patron in line will receive a $100 Dunkin' Donuts gift card. The first 50 customers to order will receive branded travel mugs and $2 DD Perks cards. Free passed samples will be offered throughout the day. Brand mascot Cuppy will be available for photos.
A $1,000 check will be presented to Children's Hospital Los Angeles during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will take place at a to-be-announced time on Dec. 6 (30895 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. at Lindero Canyon Road, https://www.dunkindonuts.com).
A Dunkin' Donuts operated by The Tasty Group is scheduled to open next year at Simi Marketplace, a Simi Valley shopping center that already includes Donuts Plus (1904 Erringer Road).
In Oxnard, the casual seafood spot Ragin' Crawfish opened Oct. 28 between Pirate's Restaurant and CJ's BBQ. A grand opening is in the works for sometime before Christmas.
Ragin Crawfish features by-the-pound seafood boils (prices change with the market), in addition to shrimp, oyster and lobster po'boy sandwiches ($10.95 to $12.95), fried entrees such as chicken tenders and salmon steak ($8.95 to $11.95) and sides that range from garlic noodles ($3.95) to frog legs ($10.95). Beer and wine are also available.
Hours are from 3-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The restaurant has a "friend" Facebook page; it does not have a website (480 S. Victoria Ave., Suite A, 805-832-4615, https://www.facebook.com/RaginCrawfish).
In Port HuenemeThe Habit Burger Grill is under construction at a former Blockbuster Video store in the Mandalay Village Marketplace. The shopping center includes a Ralphs grocery store in addition to such restaurants as Cancun Seafood & Mexican GrillChinese Dumpling HouseDQ/Orange JuliusTaco Bell and others. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara in 1969; the chain now has more than 160 restaurants in 10 states (http://www.habitburger.com).
In downtown Ventura, what closed two years ago as an American Apparel store has been claimed as the future home of Casa Bella Prime Steak and Seafood. Owner Jan Schuster, who opened Prime Steak House locations in midtown Ventura (2009 E. Thompson Blvd.) in 2007 and in Agoura Hills (29020 Agoura Road, Suite A14) in 2013, said the new restaurant will have an "upscale Mexico City fine-dining" vibe. A spring 2017 debut is anticipated (391 E. Main St.).
Part of the Ventura restaurant scene since the 1980s, Seaward Sushi is tentatively scheduled to reopen in January 2017, said Rachel Woodward, the restaurant's new owner. Her efforts to renovate the sushi bar started in February and have been documented in videos posted to the business' Facebook page (34 S. Seaward Ave., http://bit.ly/2g4wlFU).
Closed for remodeling since late July, the midtown Ventura location of Yolanda's Mexican Cafe (2753 E. Main St.) has a new anticipated reopening date: "early 2017." The nearly 60-year-old building is undergoing seismic and cosmetic updates that will result in what owner Rod Gietzen called a "lighter and brighter" look and an enlarged patio — the better to serve visitors to the nearby (and also still under construction) Community Memorial Hospital.
Other Yolanda's Mexican Cafe locations remain open in Camarillo (86 E. Daily Drive), Oxnard (1601 S. Victoria Ave.) and Simi Valley (590 E. Los Angeles Ave.)
Lisa McKinnon is a staff writer for The Star. Her Cafe Society column appears in Sunday Life and Fridays in the Time Out section. For between-column updates, follow 805foodie on Twitter and Instagram and "like" the Facebook page VCS Eats