Letter from Chris Simms

Fortunately for me, I was born into a restaurant family. At an early age, I was taking my parents’ order at the dinner table while they held menus made of construction paper and crayons. While I was never forced to get into the “family business”, I naturally gravitated toward it because of my love for making people happy.

Growing up, my home base was Southern California. While I spent most of the year in the Golden State, my family would head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming every summer for some much-needed time in the Rockies. There, I learned how to fly fish, ride horses and most importantly, wait tables and cook! While washing dishes and cleaning calamari weren’t the most glamorous jobs in town, they gave me the opportunity to be around my two loves: food and people.

As I worked my way up the ladder through various restaurants, I learned the value of small-town hospitality; actually caring about your guest and their experience, and then doing everything possible to make them happy.

My education in Restaurant 101 continued as I graduated from college and landed a job at a popular restaurant company. As a manager there, I watched people’s eyes light up as each step of their dining adventure unfolded eventually culminating in a totally fulfilled little smile.

At that time, I knew that the way to a person’s heart was through those sparkly eyes and little smiles and that was going to be the goal of the Lazy Dog!

Since 2003, my team and I have worked our rear ends off creating truly memorable cuisine, fine-tuning our small-town hospitality and creating a spirit-lifting environment. We are willing to do whatever it takes to make the Lazy Dog your favorite restaurant.
So come on in and give us a try!