DUBLIN -- The City of Dublin has begun the process of bringing a Lazy Dog restaurant branch to the former Macaroni Grill site near Hacienda Crossings that has been vacant since April 2012.

The city Planning Commission unanimously adopted a resolution Jan. 14 approving a site development review permit to allow the Lazy Dog franchise to demolish the vacant building at 4805 Hacienda Drive and build one of its restaurants along with some improvements to the site.

"With the development coming adjacent to the Hacienda Crossings, it's almost like we're creating a downtown feel in Dublin," said Commissioner Rameet Kohli. "So I'm excited for Lazy Dog to come and to be able to check it out."

Officials representing Lazy Dog -- a casual-dining, bar-and-grill chain -- told the commission that they were on schedule to obtain the necessary permits to demolish the old Macaroni Grill site by Feb. 3 and that the demolition process would take about a month.

The south side of the site faces Mimi's Café, which is located only a few feet away, but the two entities are likely to work together well during the building process. Chris Simms, the founder and owner of Lazy Dog, is the son of Tom Simms, who founded the Mimi's Café chain.


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In addition to the restaurant construction, Lazy Dog has agreed to transplant several maple trees, and two large redwoods to the site. During the Jan. 14 meeting, Commissioner Arun Goel urged Lazy Dog to ensure that there would be aesthetic continuity between the Lazy Dog site and other ongoing developments in the area. Several commissioners indicated they had visited the area's nearest Lazy Dog site, located in Concord, as part of their decision-making process.