Orange County-based Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar recently opened its first San Diego County restaurant in Mission Valley. It is located at 1202 Camino Del Rio North, in the spot formerly occupied by a Chevy’s restaurant at Westfield Mission Valley mall.

The new 7,994-square-foot, full-service restaurant employs 200 and serves comfort foods and local craft beers. It has design features emulating a rustic Rocky Mountain lodge setting, with fireplaces and a chandelier crafted from aspen logs, according to a statement.

There is a 1,296-square-foot outdoor patio with fire pits, where patrons can bring their dogs. The patio serves a “Dog Menu” with items made from brown rice with grilled chicken breast or hamburger.

It is the 12th location of Lazy Dog, started in 2003 near Huntington Beach by CEO Chris Simms, son of Mimi’s Café founder Thomas Simms. The younger Simms launched his restaurant management career at PF Chang’s while living in San Diego.

— SDBJ Staff Report