ARTISTIC—Above from left, Urban Crunch owner Mike Machtoub, server Gabbi Palma and her husband and sushi wizard Miguel Mendoza. At right, a beautiful lobster sushi creation.Restaurateur Mike Machtoub had a brilliant “aha moment.” Not long after opening up Urban Society Café ad Meal Prep inside Thousand Oaks’ Athletic Society health club in 2019, the Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef started noticing a strong demand from customers for sushi and ramen dishes.
Before he could capitalize on the idea, the ...
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