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Sprouts & Shutters: Lazy Dog Restaurant to Fill Macaroni Grill

The application for a "Conditional Use Permit and Site Development Review " goes before the planning commission mid-Jan.

Screenshot of the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar website
Screenshot of the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar website
The Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar will likely be taking over the former Romano's Macaroni Grill location at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center in Dublin, according to city officials.

[Related article: What Should Go Here in Macaroni Grill?]

The acting Assistant City Manager Linda Smith told Patch, via email:

"They are going to build a new building at that site, provided they get the necessary approvals from the Planning Commission on January 14."

The Macaroni Grill at 4805 Hacienda Drive has been closed since April of 2012 and many residents have repeatedly expressed a desire to see Olive Garden take over the location. In Feb. of 2013, Smith confirmed that Olive Garden representatives were aware of the locals' interest in the popular Italian restaurant joining the shopping center.

The Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar has locations throughout California, including one in Concord. The majority of locations are found in Southern California.

According to the Lazy Dog website, founder Chris Simms opened the first Lazy Dog over seven years ago. The eatery offers a large and eclectic "family friendly" menu ranging from pizza, burgers to pasta and sandwiches. Click here for the full menu.

Follow the Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar on Facebook. 

What do you think about the Lazy Dog coming to Hacienda Crossings? Will you try the restaurant? Have you been to a Lazy Dog location before? Tell us in the comments section below.
Dick Clark January 04, 2014 at 12:24 PM
would rather have seen the Olive Garden in this spot or a Cracker Barrel.
Just a SR Dad January 04, 2014 at 01:36 PM
So glad that an Olive Garden is NOT going in there. Would far prefer a family owned operation over a sub-standard shop like the Olive Garden.
Mohinder Mahal January 04, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Thank the Lord for Olive Garden staying away from this location.
cdf912 January 04, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Like we need another burger, pizza, sandwich place. At least Olive Garden would have kept some sort of a choice of food tastes .
Joellen King January 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Just checked the menu and it's varied enough that everyone should find something they like. I like the asian/veggie picks. More upscale than a "burger or pizza" joint. has a kids menu and lunch looks good. Yeah!
Jasmine Buescher Clemmons January 11, 2014 at 03:54 AM
Loved Macaroni Grill. It was always very busy unlike the new one in McCarthy Park. Can't understand why they closed it.
jnlray January 11, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Would like to see Red Lobster back!
Patricia January 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Not too Happy about that :( the menu looks ok however you can get all that already.. right at hacienda !! It would be nice to have something else like seafood/Italian ;-((((
DublinResident February 09, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Jasmine, I worked at macaroni grill for a while- it had terrible yelp reviews, it couldn't handle customer volume due to lack of planning, insufficient management, and sub par food. There were a long list of "comps" (free meals) every day because of careless mistakes .These are my observations from being a long time employee.
DublinResident February 09, 2014 at 03:07 PM
I agree, we have no real upscale seafood places in the hacienda area

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