P.F. Chang’s in Thousand Oaks’ Lakes shopping center closing after 17 years
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P.F. Chang’s in Thousand Oaks’ Lakes shopping center closing after 17 years

P.F. Chang’s in Thousand Oaks’ Lakes shopping center closing after 17 years

Correction: The P.F. Chang’s in the The Lakes shopping center in Thousand Oaks opened in 2005.

The P.F. Chang’s restaurant in the long-struggling Lakes shopping center in downtown Thousand Oaks is closing after 17 years.

Serving Asian and Chinese fare, it will shutter Aug. 28, according to Jessica Wong, a spokeswoman for billionaire developer Rick Caruso, who has leased the center from the city since 2004.

The Lakes and the P.F. Chang’s opened in 2005.

Art Kilmer, chief operating officer of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based chain, said in a statement that the restaurant’s closing is timed with the expiration of its lease.

He said P.F. Chang’s in neighboring Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills remain open “at this time.”

In a statement, Wong didn’t address why the restaurant was closing, but said, “In keeping with tradition, Caruso properties are ever changing, bringing our communities the newest and most coveted in shopping and dining.”

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Thousand Oaks resident Leilani Smith, who has frequently dined at the P.F. Chang’s, on Tuesday lamented its closing.

“I think it’s a loss for its patrons and the city of Thousand Oaks,” said Smith, 59, a former biology teacher.

She said she felt the same way when an Outback Steakhouse at 137 Thousand Oaks Blvd., about 2 miles from the P.F. Chang’s, closed a few years ago.

Smith, who was diagnosed as being gluten intolerant more than 20 years ago, said in those days, it was tough finding any restaurants that offered gluten-free fare.

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