In Newark, the massive hacienda-style building that for decades had been home to El Burro and later a sushi restaurant has been demolished.

What’s next for this prime location just north of the main mall?

Look for Lazy Dog to build a restaurant and bar from the ground up.

Founder Chris Simms’ restaurants are designed to evoke the feelings he remembers from family vacations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And the name? After a day of skiing, Simms spotted a dog lying by a warm fireplace in the lodge. He told his friends he “wished everyone could enjoy life as much as that ‘lazy dog’ by the fire,” the company website says. (Naturally, the restaurant’s patios are dog-friendly.)

The first Lazy Dog opened in 2003 in Huntington Beach. There are now about two dozen locations, primarily in California. The Bay Area has three: Concord, Cupertino and Dublin.

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The casual American menu — pot roast, bison meatloaf, burgers, chicken pot pie — is supplemented by seasonal specials. (Think Alaskan halibut, roasted heirloom carrots or huckleberry-apple pie.) And sides go beyond the traditional fries to include choices of pickled cucumbers, apple cider slaw, seasonal fruit or ancient grains.

A late summer or early fall opening is planned in Newark, a spokeswoman said. You can follow the progress at

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Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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