Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Open in Summerlin

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Open in SummerlinLazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, a leader in the upscale casual dining sector revered for its innovative menu, from-scratch kitchen and beverage program that includes an extensive craft beer selection, has announced plans to open its first location outside of California in Nevada at the mixed-use Downtown Summerlin development in early 2015.

“We started Lazy Dog with ambitions to be a neighborhood restaurant where parents could take the kids, but also sit back and enjoy a great meal and cold beer ,” said Chris Simms, Founder and CEO of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. “It’s been incredible to see how communities have embraced that concept, and after eleven years, it felt like the right time to grow beyond our California home. We’re excited to join the downtown Summerlin community and begin this next adventure for Lazy Dog!”

The restaurant, which has outposts throughout Southern California and the Bay Area, was inspired by the genuine hospitality and laid-back atmosphere of the Rocky Mountain town where Simms and his family spend part of the year. Lazy Dog originally opened in the Huntington Beach area in 2003,and quickly became a favorite among Southern California residents looking for a casual meal, an easy date night, or a family affair that, with their pooch-friendly patio, included the dog. With their focus on community, inspired bar program and compelling menu that blends comforting classics with globally-inspired dishes, Lazy Dog has continued to be embraced by diners, expanding throughout California with fourteen restaurants now articulating the vision that inspired Simms to open that first location.

Executive Chef Gabriel (Gabe) Caliendo, who oversees the menus at all restaurants in the Lazy Dog family, aims to elevate classic dishes, blending nostalgia with nuance, while also introducing diners to new combinations and unexpected flavor profiles that reflect global influences. With iconic offerings like the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, insta-favorites like the Chicken Poblano with crispy tamale cakes and seasonally-inspired dishes like the Pomegranate Caesar Salad, Chef Gabe’s menu delivers dynamic dishes with surprising twists. For those looking for a lighter meal, options abound in the “Nutritious & Delicious” menu featuring bold tastes like the Lemon-Caper Chicken Pasta or the Chimichurri Mahi Mahi that are all under 650 calories, while. “Small Plates” offer shareable items likeHatch Chili + Bacon Mac N’ Cheese and Sicilian Turkey Meatballs adapted from Chef Gabe’s grandmother’s recipe.

To complement the eclectic menu, Lazy Dog’s full bar program features hand-crafted cocktails for all imbibers whether it be a hand-shaken martini, one of their lightened up “Clean Cocktails” like theCoconut Mojito, or a classic Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary that pairs perfectly with sweet & savory weekend brunch offerings.  In addition to their cocktails Lazy Dog has an extensive craft brew selection that includes Lazy Dog’s own offerings, developed by Chef Gabe, an expert home brewer, in collaboration with Golden Road Brewing, as well as brews from local craft breweries.

The design of the Summerlin restaurant will showcase rustic decor and accents such as cozy fireplaces and a massive chandelier crafted from Aspen logs, generous use of real ledge stone, and fabric- and leather-lined booths and chairs. Artwork and playful touches inspired by man’s best friend will be woven throughout the 9174 square foot space, and 2038 square foot dog-friendly patio. Both the bar and exterior patio will be outfitted with multiple flatscreen TV’s for guests to cheer on their favorite sports teams while enjoying Happy Hour.

Once construction is completed, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open in the Downtown Summerlin development located at 1725 Festival Plaza Drive, #A2, Las Vegas, NV, 81935 in early 2015. It will be open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For additional information please visit


Inspired by the lifestyle of the Rocky Mountains, where founder Chris Simms spent many family vacations, Lazy Dog offers the perfect environment for a quick week-night dinner, a meandering meal with old friends or a big night out. The first Lazy Dog restaurant opened in the Huntington Beach area in 2003 and showcased an eclectic menu of memorable family favorites reinterpreted with bold new flavors and served with small-town hospitality. Open for lunch and dinner daily with a full bar program that includes unique and approachable specialty cocktails, a wide selection of craft beers, and Lazy Dog’s own hand-crafted beer selection, Lazy Dog is also a perfect happy hour or game day destination. Lazy Dog currently has thirteen locations throughout Southern California and one location in Northern California – with more on the way.  For more information visit