Dogs Banned from Outdoor Patio Dining Area at Lazy Dog Restaurant in Concord

June 29, 2014 23:00 pm · 297 comments


Starting Monday, dogs will be banned from the Lazy Dog Restaurant on Diamond Blvd. in Concord, according to employees.

The notice shown above, which was posted by the restaurant, says dogs are no longer allowed in the outdoor patio dining area.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed why dogs are all of a sudden no longer allowed, we’re hearing the health department received multiple complaints from customers about dogs in the patio dining area.

An anonymous employee at the restaurant says they are urging people to contact Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff if you disagree with the county’s decision to ban the dogs.

1 Anon June 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

So very sad, all you angry dog people. It is the law, not your opinions that count. Don’t like the law, then get it changed. Don’t use the court of public opinion to try and get your way. We are, or were, a country based on laws, not people’s opinions.

2 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM


F-ck off, loser.

Yep, you sound like a typical fat and “lazy” american. Crying about the health and safety codes…i guess you don’t like the FDA telling you how americans need to cut down and limit their soda and red meat intake, am I correct???? Land of liberty, my rights are violated, blah, blah, blah…. grow up.

And if i am indeed Khalid Sheikh, then is it wise of you to provoke me????

3 Annoyed June 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Stop complaining about people who like to bring their dogs places. If you don’t like places that allow dogs on the patio OUTSIDE of the restaurant, then don’t eat there, instead of complaining about it. If people want to bring their dogs places, let them.

4 Atticus Thraxx June 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

“doesn’t mean you get to eat humans there”. If by chance you do find a place that does, please let us know. Cannibalism is on my bucket list. 😉

5 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I am also guessing that Freeman, after his unhealthy burger and fries dinner is going to cuddle up with his dog for some rather passionate love making.

I guess to each his own….

6 furian June 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

This is almost as exciting as the politics thread.

Good job people.

7 ....... June 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

@freeman #250…

Get a grip on yourself.

You’re so full of your “sovereign people” crap and not needing the state and county to tell you what to do…..

Now go right ahead and violate every law that comes into your head so you can show us just how tough and “sovereign” you are. Then we’ll sit back and have a good laugh when your azz gets handed to you in jail.

Not going to? Then you’re nothing more than a blowhard hypocrite who likes to talk tough….. The tough talkers are the first ones to crumble.

Try it if you think you have the balls. Otherwise stfu.

8 Retired LEO June 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

So “freeman” chooses to select which laws apply to him?

Like tiny dots said; just start violating every law you can think of in front of an officer. Show us your “sovereignty” – if you have cojones for it.

9 Jimstrixie July 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Finally!!! A dog is an animal, a pet. Not your dining companion. Nothing like a dog pooping next to your table while you are eating:-/

10 Ron July 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Just because this is a ” dog themed” establishment it doesn’t mean non service dogs should be welcomed! Does this mean elephants are welcomed at the Elephant Bar? … Such dumb logic.

11 Freeman July 1, 2014 at 6:47 AM

@ The Good Germans 258 & 259

What the hell are you two babbling about. I take it by you criticizing me for not “needing the states and county” to tell me what to do, that you do? The discussion here is whether or not you believe as men, you are capable of making the decision to eat at restaurants that allow dogs on their patio. The two of you claim you are not, and for that matter nobody is capable of that so bring on the State to make sure we all live according to your preference.

It’s quite intolerant. First Unmarried Man takes insulting shots at people who are overweight then at people who are born with zoophilia. I didn’t realize Claycord was so full of bigotry and hatred.

Hey Retired LEO… Instead of ignoring laws that I find trivial and morally insulting, of which my compliance has zero impact on your or anybody else by the way, what do you suggest? Should I go quit my job, spend months collecting signatures, and millions campaigning to get it on a special ballot? The system is way too cumbersome for people like the owners of Lazy Dog to just run a business the way they want to.

Let me ask a serious question: why can’t people who don’t like dogs just eat somewhere else? Do you feel entitled to not have to worry about this when you go out?

12 Freeman July 1, 2014 at 6:49 AM

“After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

-Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840

13 PH Phil July 1, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Wow – “freeman” is really full of “himself”…….

WTH is meant by “Your opinion gets manifested into bull-s health and safety codes that limit my liberty”????

Guess he doesn’t need the state to tell him what speed to drive…..or anything else, for that matter. You don’t want to deal with the laws here, then go move somewhere else – or CHANGE THE LAWS!

Get it, moron?

14 PH Phil July 1, 2014 at 6:59 AM

@Cat Lady #8….

“Annoying” the BOS sure isn’t going to get things changed, being as this is a state law.

@Former LD #43…

Doesn’t matter about the name – if the H&S codes ban it, then you have to deal with it. As far as your comment about “… so if you have a problem with eating around DOGS then ask to be seated AWAY from the patio or order takeout or better yet stay out of the restaurant since you probably don’t tip well….” – that’s a hell of a jump. Remind me to never eat where YOU’RE serving. You probably stick your thumb up your nose before mashing it in the food you’re about to serve.

15 The Mamba July 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM

It’s ironic that you are pointing out dumb logic while comparing dogs and elephants, Ron.

16 Mtzgurl July 1, 2014 at 7:45 AM

So sad 🙁

17 Freeman July 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

@PH Philnochet

I’m so full of myself that I support other peoples’ right to make decisions about their private dining choices. Says the guy who thinks every restaurant should conform to his arbitrary dining preferences by force of law.

18 The Boogeyman July 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

@Former LD #43,
Just to second a previous post, you are a POS!!!!!!

How arrogant can you be to suggest that people who don’t like eating around dogs crapping all over the place in the patio area do not tip well? It is snooty waiters like you who don’t get my business. I try to be understanding of waiters/waiterness who work long hours and don’t get much in return. You can be sure that I will NOT eat at your f-ing restaurant, with your horrible attitude.

Oh yeah, and I do tip well. So f–ck off!!!!

19 ..... July 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

So “freeman” is going to pick and choose which laws apply to him? He states “The system is way too cumbersome for people like the owners of Lazy Dog to just run a business the way they want to.” He also states “Instead of ignoring laws that I find trivial and morally insulting, of which my compliance has zero impact on your or anybody else by the way, what do you suggest…. ”

So how do you KNOW it has “zero impact” on anyone?

Here we go – I want, I want, I want. It’s all about me, me, me.

Guess what, chuckles… don’t always get what you want. You don’t like the system, then move somewhere that is more to your liking. Happy hunting!

Anybody can quote anything to support their cause – so effing what?

20 Willow July 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Hmmmm, dogs r allowed in Bev Hills, Carmel. Sausalito and other higher end locations but CONCORD seems to have issues? Perhaps
Concordians should concentrate more on the crime in the area, but I guess they tolerate criminals more than dogs.

21 EEK July 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

So who has a copy of the specific law that has been violated? I would like to see the exact wording where it says that dogs are not allowed in an open patio of a restaurant. I know State law says if you have to enter the restaurant to access the patio it is illegal but this is not the case with Lazy Dog.It is very strange that this is a restaurant that is a chain, and none of them have banned dogs except for this particular location.

22 Cat Wrangler July 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

True Freedom and Equality will never exist until cats are served alongside dogs at outdoor seating areas. Cat Power!

23 anon July 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

@Ron #261 –

There have been a few Pink Elephants at Elephant Bar over the years. 😉

24 Mr. John July 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

@272: H&S Code 114259.5 is involved. It is horribly written. I am asking if there are any other violations right now. There are two holes in the code section that I’ve seen. One is questionable (dealing with the question of whether the patio is part of the food facility), and the other is a result of ridiculous bad code writing. The code technically says that live animals may be allowed if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles cannot result and if kept at least 20 feet (6 meters) away from any mobile food facility, temporary food facility, or certified farmers’ market. Proper procedures dealing with the contamination issue, and the lack of a mobile, temporary or farmer’s market would technically suffice on a plain english reading of the code. However, this is apparently an unintended result.

25 Freeman July 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM


I’m shocked you didn’t see the irony in your sentiment. Apparently because I want others to have liberty, it’s “I want I want, me me me.” How would you describe your position on enforcing your dining habits onto others through law? You can’t let other people eat at a restaurant that allows dogs on their patio because that is not what YOU want. I suppose that’s okay because as self-appointed Patio Imam you know what’s best for others.

By the way, please find me a quote from a political philosopher that supports YOUR cause. I’m sure somewhere in your worn out copy of Mein Kampf you’ll find a passage discussing the importance of creating laws keeping dogs away from commercial restaurant patios.

26 PH Neighbor July 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

We love it…@ Willow # 271 ‼️‼️
You hit the nail right on the head! Just what all of us at our house were saying! How very sad…right!?

Yes, I would luv to live in one of those cities! Maybe someday.

Also, many countries where we have traveled…Germany, France, Austria and Italy…dogs are welcome everywhere. A few times when we went out to eat, even at a white linen restaurant, dogs where seated right next to the owner. Often we would see this. One time we saw the owner of a nice restaurant come out just to pet the dogs & freshen their water.
Luved it.

27 skrab July 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

@Mr. John

Have you read the sections preceding 114259.5 and coming after it? That is how one construes statutes.

28 Courtney July 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

This is just ridiculous. As long as people are allowed to bring their disgusting children who pick their nose and sh*t their pants, dog owners should have every right to bring their four legged companions with them. My dog behaves much better and is much cleaner than any of the rug rats I see while dining.

29 furian July 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid

It’s like no dogs allowed in a Lazy Dog Restaurant

30 Michelle July 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

No, not me.

31 Julio July 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Been to Cheesecake Factory when dogs were allowed on the patio.

Actually I don’t like it but I would never say a word.

32 ..... July 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM

@freeman #276….

My “worn-out copy of Mein Kampf”?????? And a “self-appointed patio imam”?

Just what I expected from the likes of you…… Gotta start slamming and insulting others when your arguments can’t stand the light of day…..

Maybe the law is wrong. Maybe it is poorly written. But does that give you license to violate it? I think a speed limit of 65 mph on I-80 is too low and it personally affects me. So I should be able to go 100 mph if I can do it without affecting anyone else negatively and not be worried about being arrested…..

So work to change it the right way.

33 @ Courtney #279 July 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Sorry, but children are humans and have infinitely more rights than any dog. Are you new to this planet or something? Dogs are not people. Dogs are not people. Dogs are not people. Got it, blondie?

34 Sean July 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

So, for those of you that have children, but no pets, should you be forced to leave your child at home? I have seen some pretty out of control, wild ass kids in restaurants, I don’t blame the kids, I blame the bad parenting. Not bragging, b2 my dog is more behaved & obedient than most children I’ve seen nowadays. And yes, I have both, a grown, married son with a child of his own, and a dog who is considered a family member. And for an establishment that has it’s basis in serving dog people as well as their dogs, well, if you were stupid enough to go there & not think there was the slightest possibility of there being animals, shame on you for being part of the downfall of COMMON SENSE today.

35 jbelkin July 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Yea, as may people note – just tell people it’s a service dog – hey, I won a dog so whatever, right? Even lying or making it difficult for people who have vision problems and NEED an actual service dog. Typical reason why people think people who bring their dogs everywhere – what the **** do we care about the rest of society. I own an animal so I should just do as I please. WRONG. Keep your dog on your property. End of story Do NOT ILLEGALLY bring your dog to where food is being service – restaurants AND grocery stores.

36 Nacho July 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

For those people who own pets or not, pets are part of the family so you don’t leave any member of your family home when the entire ‘family’ goes out to eat in this instance, at the PET-FRIENDLY Lazy Dog where DOGS ARE ALLOWED whether it’s illegal or not. For those people who are offended by this DON’T DO THERE and leave those who want to include their dogs when they dine alone! Stop being so UPTIGHT! Live and let live!

37 Stop Arguing, START NEGOTIATING July 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Most of you are making good, reasonable points! BUT..













Like, I just read ALL (yes, I mean it,) ALL the comments. As of now, there are almost 300 comments. And HALF of them say “If you don’t like dogs, don’t go there.” Which I agree with.

BUT I HAVE YET TO SEE AN ANTI-DOG PERSON REPLY TO THAT! In a LOGICAL way!! I have YET to see someone say something about that!!



Thank you.

38 Bleep July 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I would like to see small bratty children banned from restaurants, stores and public transportation. They run around misbehaving, screaming and yelling and touching everything with their grimy hands after wiping their snotty noses. When is someone going to ban bratty kids? Some dogs are cleaner and more well behaved, yet there is all this controversy over having them in an outside dining area. I feel like starting a petition to ban flies…what if a fly lands on your food while eating on the patio of a restaurant, and you get sick from the bacteria…who is controlling the damn flies? Where is our government when we need them? Why aren’t they controlling the flies and the bratty kids?

39 Just Went to LD Yesterday July 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I agree, with you @288, (amazing 288 posts)

Some people where turned away with their dogs. Imagine if you drove a long distance.
This is absolutely ridiculous!
Let the dogs back to the restaurants patio. Another try.
Yes, calling both numbers again each day…Karen M. & HD…along with many other people.

40 OLD YELLER July 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM


41 Tom July 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The ADA laws on service dogs are very favorable to the dog owners. Service dogs do NOT have to be specially trained or wear a service dog outfit; those outfits are intended to just make it more obvious to others. As long as you have a qualifying disability under the law, and your dog is well behaved and calm, then that dog can be your service dog. This is okay for medical conditions that go beyond mobility, such as respiratory illness or psychiatric illness. Where it becomes problematic is when people have spazzy little purse dogs and say they’re service dogs when they aren’t, and then those dogs pee, poop, and act obnoxious. A calm, well tempered dog on a patio is not a big deal to me, and keeping the dog on the other side of the railing is okay too.

42 Freeman July 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Hey Old Taliban,

Thanks for clarifying with your logical response. Dogs don’t belong in restaurants, period, because you say so. Or is it one of the pillars of Wahhabiism you practice and the direct word of God?

Again, explain why you have the right to go to any restaurant you want and everyone must adhere to your whims. You didn’t respond with that because you can’t, because you have no valid argument so you just scream louder in all-caps.

43 jrconcord July 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

very quick survey
who here would go to a hookah lounge or smoke shop and complain about smoke and nicotine?
who here would go to a medical cannabis shop and complain about the smell of weed?
It is very simple: this is a novelty/ specialty bisiness. If this is not your cup of tea; don’t go.
A’s just won!

44 DUCK dog July 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

There are so many valid comments for both sides that it’s hard to take a side. Their business model was to have a place that would allow you to being your dog. We have an ex-guide dog that loves going here..he lays under us, enjoys seeing other dogs and just chills. We don’t have to take him everywhere, but it’s nice to be able to take him somewhere. I have seen the lying owners that “pretend” their dogs are licensed service dogs, bad owners that allow their dogs on their lap and up to the table (they think they’re in Paris) and other perfectly well behaved dogs that just chill like ours.

It can go both ways, if you don’t like it, for dog owners or patrons don’t go. But for the people that don’t mind (dog owners or not)…this makes it bad for us too.

45 Employee July 5, 2014 at 11:31 PM

This will only last for about a month. It only takes one complaint to get the dogs banned, and since one man was mad everyone else had to suffer with him. Dogs will be allowed back in a few weeks. I don’t understand why it matters if a dog is laying on the floor while you enjoy a meal, let them have their relaxing time outside, they aren’t harming you. It’s a fun, enjoyable environment and it’s awesome to have a place to hangout with your dog. So to all the people hating on the dogs, sit inside. To everyone else, enjoy the beautiful weather on our patio with the cutest dogs!

46 Stop Arguing, START NEGOTIATING July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

For all the people who are SO AGAINST dogs, WHY CAN’T YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO EAT???????????????????????????

@OLDYELLER can you answer that question for me, please?

47 Really? July 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM


People…what happened to common sense??? Self-responsibility??? If YOU don’t like dogs on restaurant patios, YOU should stay away. Problem solved.

Now, I will add (warning: here comes some more common sense)…

Lazy Dog restaurant does have can responsibility to keep that patio under control. When they first greet a customer seated with a dog on the patio, they should briefly go over the rules for doggies being there – no putting them on the table, must be behaved and not disturb other patrons, etc.

And, we all lived happily ever after. The end. 🙂

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