Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open a location in Georgia next spring, a new market for the Huntington Beach-based casual dining chain.
The restaurant will be in Peachtree Corners, Ga., near Atlanta and is planned for 8,000 square feet and a hiring of about 200 workers.
The 15-year-old chain has 26 restaurants in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Texas. Lazy Dog said in May it will open soon in Illinois. All are company-owned.
The Business Journal reported in December the chain planned to expand nationally and grow to 50 locations in the next three years with increased funding from private equity majority owner Brentwood Associates in Los Angeles and several new senior management hires at the C-Suite level.
Lazy Dog was co-founded by Chief Executive Chris Simms and Executive Chef Gabriel Caliendo. It’s ranked No. 11 on the Business Journal list of OC-based restaurant chains with 2017 systemwide sales of $150 million.
Simms’ father Tom was a co-founder of Mimi’s Cafe, which was formerly based in Irvine.