Openings & Closings: Pho, Fro-Yo, and Sew-Sew

Here's Patch's list of recent business changes in the San Fernando Valley.

New Vietnamese restaurant in Chatsworth. (Credit: Saul Daniels)
New Vietnamese restaurant in Chatsworth. (Credit: Saul Daniels)

Pho Saigon 1 is getting raves in Los Angeles magazine. The headline reads: "The Best Pho I've Ever Had Can Be Found in Chatsworth." Just weeks ago, the restaurant at 21701 Devonshire St. replaced long-time community institution, Sergio's.

Golden Spoon
 at 22259 Mulholland Hwy. in Calabasas has been purchased by 21-year-old entrepreneur Adam Smith. He bought the local frozen yogurt shop after working for the chain for five years.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, 22914 West Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, will hold a grand opening on Sept 12 through 14. There will be prizes and giveaways.

OneClick Cleaners has opened a mobile dry cleaning service in Woodland Hills. "We pick up and deliver for free," says their spokesperson. Their plant is 100 percent eco-friendly and new clients using the code 10FREE when ordering service online will receive $10 in free dry cleaning. For details, call (818) 606-2528.

SolarCity, a solar panel installation company recently opened its sixth Southland branch at a 15,000-square-foot warehouse 21040 Nordhoff St. in Chatsworth. SolarCity has installed panels for Los Angeles Unified Schools and commercial properties like the Walmart in Porter Ranch.

Ralphs at 21431 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth has undergone a $3-million, two-month remodeling.


The Bank of America at Universal Studios off Lankershim Boulevard has closed. As part of the Universal Studios expansion plan, the building that housed the bank is going to be refurbished as offices for movie production companies.

State Bicycle Co., once known for its selection of minimalist bikes as well as repairs, at 11223½ Magnolia Blvd. in the NoHo Arts District, has gone out of business.

In Transition

Safari Surf and Sport, the Valley's premier surf shop, is moving one building west to 20946 Devonshire St. in Chatsworth. The phone number remains (818) 349-9283.

Ride with Pride is going on hiatus for two months while looking for a new home base, according to Michael P. Murphy, chairman of the board of directors. Ride with Pride operates both a therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled and an equine facilitated psychotherapy program serving returning war veterans. For the past five months, after leaving Browns Canyon Ranch in Chatsworth, the programs were held at Stoney Point Ranch.

Ross Dress for Less is now under construction in the former Circuit City store at Northridge Fashion Center. Vacant since the chain of electronic superstores went out of business in 2009, the building was often used for movie shoots and housed a Halloween store.

Know of a business opening or closing in the Valley? Send a tip to saul@patch.com.

Jennifer Charm September 03, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I think it highly inappropriate to use a review that so openly complains about Chatsworth's location as remote and "untrendy" and, to disregard a long-standing Vietnamese institution like Cafe Orient, which is and will always be, the gold standard of excellent pho and Vietnamese food in the Valley.
AKM September 03, 2013 at 01:33 PM
yeah it does seem like they putting down our city...you really don't have to travel this far to find happiness in food either...we can keep our restaurants to ourselves which is just fine with me. sheesh...and i dont appreciate our tag line either...Chatsworth - the porn capitol of the world! putting it in print tho is just tacky!
Jock September 03, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Expect no quarter from the "Sophisticated" over the hill crew. Neither LA Weekly nor L.A. Magazine. The fact they even deigned to come here, much less give the restaurant a great review is a typical. We lived in the trendiest part of Hollywood for many years and up here in the hills of Chatsworth for many years as well. Great food can be had here. There is a sizable Indian population out here. A large Persian population and a growing Asian population. Great food is not only cooked over the hill in spite of what many East Coast transplants who think the Valley is the stuff of Johnny Carson jokes from the '60's. Within a 10 mile drive there are a number of great places to eat and that 10 mile drive will happen faster than 2-3 miles in town. Please do not be offended by what other think of where you live. Most of them are afraid of bugs, lizards, rabbits, coyotes, buzzards, hawks and wide open spaces. I have taken New Yorkers to San Carlo and had them drool. Bengali's to Woodlands. Les Sisters, Brents (which kills Canters and Nate and Al's) . Yes we do have some fine food here. We'll have to try the Pho place !!
Jo September 05, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Anyone know the status of Smart N Final moving into the Albertson's space at Devonshire & Reseda Blvd.?


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