True dog-lovin’ Coloradans are bound to love this new development: Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open its doors in Westminster on Dec. 20, sporting a dog-friendly environment — and menu!

Picture this: you and your best friend are running errands on a lovely Saturday, and you’re starting to get hungry. But instead of running through a drive-thru lane somewhere, you’re craving a solid meal — and maybe a beer — with your companion resting comfortably at your feet. “But where?” you say, exasperated, throwing your hands in the air. “Where can I have this kind of dog-friendly paradise in Colorado?”

Allow me to introduce you to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. Of course, it’s not all about the pups at Lazy Dog. I mean, their people-food looks pretty amazing, too. But what makes this restaurant chain unique is its dog-friendly patio and specially designed canine menu, perfect for people who want to relax and enjoy their meal, without excluding their pet. How very “Colorado”, yes?

For just $4.95, your four-legged friend can dine on his or her choice of grilled chicken or hamburger with a side of rice. And the bowl of water to wash it all down? Complimentary.

Dogs are not allowed inside the restaurant itself, though there’s ample space for them on the patio — as long as they’re well-behaved, remain on their leash, and follow the restaurant’s other rules, too:


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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open at The Orchard Town Center (14618 Delaware Street, Westminster) just before Christmas, but lest you think southeast-metro-area dogs will be left out of the fun, don’t you fret. Another location is slated to open at Southlands Mall in Aurora in February. Before expanding to Colorado, the restaurant chain existed in three other states: California, Texas, and Nevada. Obviously, Colorado (with our canine-lovin’, dog-friendly lifestyle) was the very next choice.

The restaurant is not to be confused with a nearby eatery of almost the same name: the Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill. Though a happening “Cheers”-esque sports bar with locations in Boulder, Erie, and yes, even Westminster, Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill is completely unconnected to the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar and is not particularly “dog-friendly.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Check out Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar’s website or Facebook page for more information!

Featured image from Facebook via Minnie & Max the Pugs.

Come summer, check out this doggy ice cream truck in the Springs!