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.

201 Retired LEO June 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

@Rollo – no, I didn’t spend a lot of time on it. Given the tone of some of these posts, shorter posts are better. You know, short attention spans and inability to read the H&S code as posted?

Once again, read the H&S code. If someone violates the law, then what? If it affects you, I’m sure you’d be all over it, screaming for retribution.

Where do YOU draw the line? Are you telling me it’s ok to speed? If so, by how much? What is your rationale for that? If that’s ok, I’m assuming you’re ok with violating plenty of other laws…. and I’m sure you’re ok with others violating the laws.

Until it affects you.

202 Ricardo Shillyshally June 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

KenInConcord #182 is spot on! I would also add that since KenInConcord hates Dodge, everyone else should hate Dodge too and be denied from buying Dodges. That is the analogy.

203 NRA Supporter June 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I’m sorry to say but PETS belong at home. Only Service Animals should be allowed as they are properly trained. People’s PETS are not properly trained. We have a health code for a reason. Trust me I have 3 dogs at home and 1 is a service dog in training. It’s all great that Lazy Dog had this policy and folks loved bringing thier dogs. It’s great if they are trained, but the last time we where there, my wife stepped right in a water bowl that someone just left there by the fire pit. In all my years of being around animals I’ve found most owners to be rude, selfish, and stupid. It’s actually sad that these types of people ruin it for the ones that do train their dogs to be good and well mannered like their owners. It’s just a health issue people and the law is there to protect us all.

204 Blink June 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

This is the article that has most posts….really trivial in the big scheme of things….
Get take out and take your dog to a dog park…if they could talk could be their choice instead of another place to just sit….

205 EEK June 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I can not believe there are so many dog haters…. It is a Restaurant for dog lovers hence the name Lazy Dog!
Yo do not need to go indoors to go to the patio, as there is a gate on each end of the patio. If being around dogs offends you…. Do not go, and sit outside in the patio area.

What bunch of cry babies we have in the Community that have to ruin it for everyone else.

206 The Mamba June 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

There’s one restaurant that wants to be warm and inviting to dogs and their owners, and there’s hundreds of restaurants in our area. If you don’t like it, you are free to go somewhere else. Also, NRA supporter, your wife should watch where she’s walking.

207 Jim Shoes June 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Good. I wish people would stop bringing their dogs everywhere. Not everyone is a dog lover and some of us are highly allergic. Sick and tired of people being so co-dependent on their pets!

208 skrab June 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I can’t believe there are so many people who think this is about dog haters v. dog lovers and that LD is a dog-themed restaurant. The Health and Safety Code section is pretty clear about what has to be done when dogs are in food service areas.

209 Antler June 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Want a Lazy Dog food truck parked at Baldwin Park’s DOG park?

if you really care that much about eating out with your dog, then go down and talk with management about the food truck idea. Or go to the City Council meeting and inquire about it.

The health laws must be observed in restaurants and/or out on the patios if infractions have been reported and found to be accurate during inspection.

None of us is above the law.

Now ask me whether I will ever again set foot in Hobby Lobby.

210 Vandy June 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The idea of Lazy Dog having a dog-friendly patio area is great. I have seen a lot of well-behaved doggies with their owners enjoying the patio. Its true that the health codes make this a very tenuous privilege, one that has been easily defeated by a few complaints. Whoever complained, shame on you! Go eat somewhere else.

211 Freeman June 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I don’t understand how a grown man, an adult who is responsible for his own choices, can go to a restaurant that is intentionally dog-friendly, be upset by the presence of dogs, feel entitled to eat there without them, then go ahead and complain to the government.

212 Freeman June 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

And to everyone saying “it’s the law,” give me a break. Banning dogs from all restaurants doesn’t even make sense. That’s a very sheepish response. Deference to unelected authority, with no accountability, is tyranny.

213 gdfpedro June 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

It’s a shame! That’s what the place is all about – go inside if you don’t like dogs.

214 Lori June 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

A friend of mine posted a picture while eating there, someone had a pet pig out on the patio. Where do they draw the line?

215 lardo June 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

how about a doggie daycare in all restaurants for all the entitled freaks and their stinky mutts!

216 ms.v June 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Rollo 186…Yes I do follow all those laws. If more of us did then maybe there would be a little less stress in the out side world. But you probably don’t get the connection so let it go.

The name of the restaurant is irrelevant. I am among those that didn’t assume this meant it was for dogs. Thought it was just a name. My bad.

I am not against a separate “dog only area” for diners.

To the people who comment on how a small group of people shouldn’t be able change things for everyone – Look in the mirror. Aren’t you a little group of people trying to change things. You make me laugh.

Maybe if LD staff had a set of conduct rules that were enforced we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

217 @FurryFriend June 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Sorry to bust your bubble, but dogs don’t belong anywhere near a restaurant. It is unhealthy to have a pet sniffing around other patron’s food when we all know where those animals have put their noses. I am not a dog-hater, but there is a place for dogs to eat…it is called YOUR HOME. When myself and a few coworkers went out to eat at lazy dog last month there were like 10 dogs all running around in the patio area and half of them were barking at fellow patrons. Get a clue.

218 Leilani June 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

This is ridiculous!!! Because of a couple of jerks…and our Health Department, the Lazy Dog has just lost my business as well as many others. These people that say it is gross…my dog is far cleaner than many people I see out and about…including at restaurants. Dogs do not pick their nose or ears while eating at restaurants…yes…I have seen this occur!! Dogs do not wear dirty clothes to restaurants. Dogs that live a life that includes going to restaurants do not typically track in mud and dirt and are typically well groomed and well bathed animals. Dogs do not have filth underneath their nails that I see on MANY men at restaurants. What a load of BS!!

219 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

@Freeman –

Well, perhaps the law would make more sense to you once an untrained dog decided to bite a fellow patron, wouldn’t it now???

220 Mig June 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Quit hating people – Know the facts!! For all the ridiculous comments regarding dogs licking silverware or on top of tables, I submit that none of those are true based on the facts….the Contra Costa Health Dept reports online their violations and not one of the violations listed speaks of animals. Quit hating on dogs in public!! This place is entirely dog friendly and if you don’t like it go SOMEWHERE ELSE!! Or sit inside. Either way, your in the wrong place if you don’t like Dogs and you go to Lazy Dog to eat!!??

05/30/2014 ROUTINE – ONGOING

Minor Violation – Proper eating, tasting, drinking or tobacco use
(more details)

Minor Violation – Food contact surfaces: clean and sanitized
(more details)

Minor Violation – Food storage; food storage containers identified
(more details)

Minor Violation – Equipment/utensils-approved; installed; clean; good repair; capacity (prep sinks, refrigerators)
(more details)

Minor Violation – Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied, cleaned
(more details)

Minor Violation – Premises; personal/cleaning items; vermin proofing

221 Seriously? June 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I can’t believe this. When they finally tore down El Torito and I saw the new restaurant was a place called Lazy Dog that let you bring your dogs with you, I thought, “Hey, that sounds like a really cool place!” I’ve been there twice and the food and service is great. Both times I was outside on the patio, and I don’t even have a dog, but I love them, and it was fun to have them around.
The point is, this restaurant is designed for dog people. Banning dogs from a place specifically tailored for them and their people is just plain ludicrous. As others have said, if you don’t like the idea, go someplace else.

222 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM

@cb –

Wake up dude. Untrained dogs are everywhere, including your precious LD establishment. I know for a fact that dogs have gotten into fights with each other at LD near the patio area. We saw this last time i was out to lunch there. And for some of less emotionally dependent people – we are not the biggest fans of dogs. Ever think that some of those “evil” patrons at LD might be allergic to dogs, but still like to sit out in the patio area for the fresh air???

223 @Leilani - angry post #219 June 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

“Dogs do not pick their nose or ears while eating at restaurants…yes…I have seen this occur!!”
– Right, dogs just lick themselves in private parts that are primarily used for relieving themselves. And then show up at restaurants. I have seen this occur!!!
“Dogs do not wear dirty clothes to restaurants.”
– Well of course not. They just happen to have piles of sh#t imbedded in their fur coating they decided to roll around in for a few hours everyday at the local park.
“Dogs that live a life that includes going to restaurants do not typically track in mud and dirt and are typically well groomed and well bathed animals.”
-So you can account for all the other LD patrons who walk in with their dogs?
“Dogs do not have filth underneath their nails that I see on MANY men at restaurants”
– No, they just have crap in there. From walking around in other doggie’s crap.

224 Nelson Muntz HA HA June 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

AB 1965 currently pending in the California Legislature has passed the full Assembly and a Senate health committee.

Now a law being proposed in the legislature would bring the state into line with counties and allow local governments to create laws regarding dogs and dining areas. Judie Mancuso is with the animal rights group Social Compassion in Legislation, which is advocating for the measure. She says people are surprised to find out it’s illegal to have a dog on a restaurant patio.

225 mutt lover June 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I ‘m going to play the dog card!
why you holding me down bro?

226 Rollo Tomasi June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@Retired LEO:

Try re-reading my comment. One should assume that everyone who supports this ban because it violates a code adheres strictly to all other codes, including the criminal code, the vehicle code, insurance code, etc. Otherwise, they are hypocrites.

227 Freeman June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@Unmarried Man/Adolf Hitler #220

It would make no difference. First, it’s illegal for owners to allow their pets to bite other people. You can be punished for that both in criminal and civil court. I’ll take a dogbite any day of the week for the lawsuit payday that awaits, it’s like winning the lottery. Second, what are the odds something like that might happen…0.1%? 0.0001%? Probably less than getting assaulted by another human in the restaurant.

Finally, you don’t have to be at Lazy Dog in the first place. If you’re living in fear of dog bites then just don’t go there to eat. It’s a very elegant solution to a problem not actually affecting anybody.

It must be exhausting being so concerned about the choices other people make for themselves.

228 EEK June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@ unmarried man… So if 2 people get into a fight at a restaurant all people should be banned.. Your rationality is very flawed.

229 skrab June 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

@ Freeman

“Deference to unelected authority, with no accountability, is tyranny.”

Well, Smartypants! Didn’t the California legislature enact the Health and Safety Code provisions that are at issue? Oh, and aren’t all members of the California legislature elected?

No tyranny going on here.

230 Lol June 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Is it funny that the same people who cite health complaints are the very same ones who stuff their faces with unhealthy food??? Fat american logic.

231 Larry June 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

# 107 thank you! Sad but true, this current generation of americans are a bunch of Pu55y a55 crybaby whiners. Such a feeling of self entitlement. i hope this generation dies off quickly so we can right this ship.

232 dogluva June 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

People are idiots! Its a restaurant for people with dogs! Don’t go if it offends you, go to another restaurant….god knows on every corner there is one. If in the case you can only eat at the lazy dog eat inside, for 2 reasons:
1. Not to scare the dogs because idiots who complain about dogs in a dog restaurant are plain stupid.
2. There are no dogs inside.
Geez people live a little.

233 Freeman June 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM


Go take a look at the Health and Safety Code and let me know if you think your elected official wrote any of it. To be an informed citizen that is never out of compliance with any city, county, or state law we should all have the following memorized.

My guess it was written by a couple hack staffers, interns, and lobbyists.

234 Freeman June 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM

And what’s with all these morons complaining about people treating dogs like their children? It’s weird but is that suddenly against the law? Hey Ayatollah Unmarried Man, can you make that illegal as well?

235 ginnybaci June 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

this is wrong! There are many restaurants through out California and the rest of the country that allow dogs in the patio area. This allows families to travel with their pets and not leave them in cars or tied out in unsafe areas. The Lazy Dog was designed and is known for having a large patio area to accommodate pet owners. Maybe Concord should have taken that into consideration before granting them a permit. Is this going to be enforced through the rest of the state? (and we eat inside with our pets all the time and there is no health crisis) If the dogs bother you eat inside. There are plenty of other restaurants to eat at that have outside patios and most do not so you are not being inconvenienced.

236 ginnybaci June 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

BTW People with dogs sit outside of Starbucks all day long – so what is the problem?

237 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Get a life and stop referring to me as being a dictator. It is one thing to disagree with someone’s opinion, but completely uncalled for to make personal attacks. Comparing me to someone who persecuted millions of jews and iranians is insane. You need serious therapy, along with many of your “dog loving” friends here. But go right ahead and enjoy having a dog lick your f-ing face while you are eating your dinner. We all know what that pooch has been putting his mouth. LOSER….

BTW, anyone here been attacked by a dog in public?? Well for me, it happened yesterday while i was taking a stroll on iron horse trail. And the damn owner’s dog was leashed too!!! The sad truth is that most dogs are not trained well enough to be displayed in public settings. Sorry fools – I dont need some stupid mutt trying to jump me while I am eating. Although I could stab it with my fork…

238 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM


Oh yeah, I think you should be getting ready for your evening appointment with Dr Phil. You need help, bro.

239 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM


And I am guessing you are from that wonderful generation of drug addicts, hippies and violent protestors who hated the american flag.

Not to worry, man……your generation will die off first.

240 The Truth June 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Next topic up for discussion:

How it is perfectly acceptable to let your spolied little devil child drop a turd in the middle of the restaurant. And not clean it up!!

241 Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

@Freeman –

If you think that my comments reflected the same sentiments of dictators who persecuted millions of jews and iranians then you need serious therapy.

Get a life.

242 Mr John June 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

There is an ambiguity in the code in question. Who else can spot it?

243 The Boogeyman June 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

@ post 239-

Good one. I am sure that Freeman is just insecure about not being with a real woman these days. Poor guy. Hope his dog keeps him company.

244 Atticus Thraxx June 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Seems like a strange thing to get jacked up about one way or the other. Want to be outraged, check out this story:

245 nancy June 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Lazy dog is great. Good food good service. Nuthin wrong with having dogs there. Just 2 many idiots in this world.

246 PH Neighbor June 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Reading so much hate…over one restaurant in our area that will allow dogs out in the patio. Go someplace else!!!
What in the world is going on!
Wake up!

247 Good June 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Guess people will have to leave their pets at home. Dogs are not people, contrary to what the vocal minority on this thread might shout.

Taking your dogs everywhere is like jerking off in public; you’re just stroking your, uh, ego. Best to do that in the privacy of your home, eh?

248 I know that Larry is stroking it June 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM


249 Freeman June 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

@Khaled Sheikh Unmarried Man

Your opinion gets manifested into bull-s health and safety codes that limit my liberty. This is America, sweet land of liberty, the land of the free. We are sovereign people and don’t need the state and county telling us which animals we’re allowed to eat around.

Seriously, are you so lacking in self-respect and dignity that you need the state to make these decisions for you and others? For the love of Stalin, please just eat somewhere else and shut up.

250 @ Mr. John #194 June 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Claycord is not a community, so I don’t understand what you’re disappointing in. It’s an anonymous sounding board for angry, anti-social people. Real communities are not anonymous.

And dogs don’t belong in restaurants, regardless of its name. I could name my restaurant “human chow”; doesn’t mean you get to eat humans there.

251 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.

252 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????

253 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.

254 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. ;)

255 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….

256 furian June 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

This is almost as exciting as the politics thread.

Good job people.

257 ....... 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.

258 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.

259 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:-/

260 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.

261 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?

262 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

263 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?

264 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.

265 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.

266 Mtzgurl July 1, 2014 at 7:45 AM

So sad :(

267 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.

268 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!!!!

269 ..... 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?

270 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.

271 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.

272 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!

273 anon July 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

@Ron #261 –

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

274 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.

275 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.

276 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.

277 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.

278 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.

279 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

280 Michelle July 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

No, not me.

281 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.

282 ..... 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.

283 @ 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?

284 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.

285 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.

286 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!

287 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.

288 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?

289 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.

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


291 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.

292 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.

293 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!

294 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.

295 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!

296 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?

297 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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