Another California restaurant chain wants to make its mark in Colorado Springs.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, which boasts an expansive menu, ski lodge-like decor and canine-friendly atmosphere, plans to open at the site of the former My Big Fat Greek Restaurant at 7605 N. Academy Blvd., according to a proposal submitted to city planners.
Lazy Dog, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., would tear down the 23-year-old, roughly 7,300-square-foot building that had housed My Big Fat Greek Restaurant until it closed in December 2013, the chain's proposal shows. In its place, Lazy Dog would construct an 8,409-square-foot restaurant with a 1,668-square-foot patio.
The chain hasn't returned telephone calls to The Gazette and a timetable for the project isn't known.
The Colorado Springs restaurant would be Lazy Dog's third in Colorado; a Westminster location opened in December and an Aurora site is planned to open in March, the chain's website says. Founded in 2003, Lazy Dog has 19 locations in California, three in Texas and two in Nevada, according to the website.
Lazy Dog's menu includes soups, salads, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, ribs, steaks, seafood, side dishes and desserts, among other items.
Its Colorado Springs location would have "a laid-back atmosphere inspired by the comfort of the Rocky Mountains," the chain's proposal to the city says. Fireplaces and a chandelier "grafted from aspen logs" would be among the amenities to create a rustic decor, according to Lazy Dog's proposal. Artwork and other canine touches would be sprinkled throughout the restaurant.
Lazy Dog invites diners to bring their dogs to the restaurant's patio, although the animals aren't allowed inside. Dogs get their own menu, which includes hamburger and chicken. Lazy Dog, however, isn't the first canine-friendly restaurant in town; locally owned Pub Dog Colorado opened in April 2017 on the Springs' west side and goes a step further - allowing guests to eat indoors with their dogs.
The Lazy Dog name, according to the chain's website, came after one of its founders walked into a lodge while on a ski vacation in Wyoming. Seeing a dog lying comfortably by a fireplace, he told his friends that he "wished everyone could enjoy life as much as that lazy dog by the fire."
Lazy Dog's arrival is another sign that out-of-town restaurants, retailers and investors are embracing Colorado Springs - attracted by its stronger economy, population growth and even its influx of millennials.
Of other California restaurant chains, In-N-Out Burger is coming to town in a few years and Blaze Pizza opened in December. Among other dining, retail and entertainment concepts, Texas-based Zoes Kitchen now has two Springs locations; Duluth Trading Co. of Wisconsin will open a clothing and accessories store in April; and Icon Cinemas of New Mexico opened a 14-screen movie theater complex last year.
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