Colorado Springs Welcomes Another California Restaurant Chain | Culture & Leisure


Some might say that the intersection of Academy Boulevard and Agora Point is dog friendly. But it is in a good way. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 7585 N. Academy Blvd., opened in early August. Now Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, 7605 N. Academy Blvd., will open on October 16. Both restaurants pay homage to man’s best friend when it comes to branding.

Lazy Dog replaced the old Romano’s Macaroni Grill and My Big Fat Greek Restaurant with an impressive building inspired by the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. The Colorado Springs site is the newest of the California chain, which has more than 30 restaurants across California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada and Texas.

Executive Chef Jamie Harper has been with the company for about a year and works out of both Denver locations. Harper, originally from New Orleans, is a self-taught chef. He will run the corporate menu using seasonal foods with local ingredients. A few of her favorite dishes on the fall offering are shrimp and grits and indigo cornbread, which is made with blue cornmeal.

And due to the owners love for dogs, the huge patio welcomes your furry companions with a menu for them too. While you can feast on barbecued buffalo meatloaf, Spot can feast on a grilled burger patty or grilled chicken ($ 4.95 each), both served with brown rice. If your pet has a vegan addiction, they may have a bowl of plain brown rice ($ 2.50). There are patio rules: no dogs on the tables or on their knees. No begging, barking and biting. Do not eat or drink from human dishes or glasses. (There are pet bowls.) And dogs must be kept on a leash. Details: 445-5851,

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The Airplane Restaurant makes the list

Mills, carriage houses and old gas stations were among USA Today’s Top 10 Unique Places Made into Restaurants. But few could surpass The Airplane Restaurant, also on the list, which has a restaurant housed in a Boeing KC-97 at 1665 N. Newport Road. Visit to view the list. Details: 570-7656,

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A double portion of La Carreta

La Carreta, 35 Iowa Ave., has a new second location at 6840 N. Academy Blvd. (formerly Lemongrass Bistro). The owners of La Carreta, mother Lorenza Galvan and daughters Blanca and Yamile Reyes, have owned the original La Carreta for five years.

“It’s been a Mexican food restaurant for 35 years,” Blanca said. “We took it over five years ago. We have added dishes from our region of Durango, Mexico, such as gorditas with different fillings.

Galvan is the chef at both locations to ensure consistency in food quality. A liquor license is in preparation in the new restaurant. The opening hours of the new site are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Details: 592-1391,


The Village Inn, located at 5790 S. Carefree Circle, closed on September 29, “driven by many business factors,” according to a company press release. The restaurant opened in 2006.

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