SIMI VALLEY – The Calamigos Ranch banquet facility is expanding into the hilltop site in Simi Valley that has been occupied by Dakota’s Steakhouse for nearly a decade. Flemming Larsen, owner of Dakota’s, said Calamigos is taking over the lease for the next 25 years. Dakota’s had two years left on the deal. “They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse,” he said. Glen Gerson, the son of Calamigos Ranch founder Grant Gerson, confirmed the sale but declined to comment. The sprawling ranch in the mountains overlooking Malibu plays host to weddings, banquets, conferences and company picnics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLast year, Larsen announced Dakota’s would be relocating to the Simi Valley Town Center, and the previous location would be converted into a catering and banquet facility. Instead, he plans to concentrate on expanding his restaurant business, which includes breaking ground on a Westlake Village steakhouse. “We’re a steakhouse, not a banquet facility,” Larsen said. “We’re focusing more on the restaurant part.” Dakota’s opened in 1997 at a prominent location at the east end of town at 2525 Stowe St., on top of a hill visible from the Ronald Reagan Freeway. It moved to the mall in December. “It’s bittersweet,” Larsen said. “At the same time, they are phenomenal people with vision,” he said of Calamigos officials. Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra said the city could use a banquet and conference center. “It will work out very well if done correctly,” he said. “I expect to see something nice and high-end.” [email protected] (805) 583-7604160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round 15 game against Wigan Warriors at the Etihad Stadium.Tommy Makinson and Mark Flanagan miss out through injury which means Ade Gardner and Andy Dixon are recalled.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andy Dixon, 26. Josh Jones.Shaun Wane, Wigan’s head coach, will select from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. George Carmont, 6. Brett Finch, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Jeff Lima, 16. Liam Farrell, 17. Chris Tuson, 21. Epalahame Lauaki, 22. Gil Dudson, 24. Anthony Gelling, 28. Logan Tomkins, 33. Dominic Crosby.The game kicks off at 6pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Stat Pack:Last 10 meetings:Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11)(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Wigan 28, St Helens 24 (SLR11, 22/4/11)St Helens 16, Wigan 16 (SLR1, 12/2/11)(at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)St Helens 10, Wigan 22 (SLGF, 2/10/10)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 24, St Helens 26 (SLR18, 20/6/10)Super League Summary:St Helens won 26 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 28 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)