Lazy Dog Restaurant was founded in 2003 in Westminster, California, by Chris Simms. The original name of the restaurant was going to be Rocky Mountain Cafe, Simm’s thought the name was too “stuffy” for what he had in mind. Decorating the first restaurant with pictures of hound dogs, he decided on Lazy Dog.
The company is best known for its eclectic menu, which offers everything from pizza to Chinese food, as well as its policy of allowing dogs (with leashes) on the outdoor patio. In addition to food, the company sells merchandise, such as shirts and mugs, with the Lazy Dog logo.
Lazy Dog Restaurant now has 18 locations, with another location due to open in Downey, California, in late 2017. Company headquarters are now located in Huntington Beach, California.