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Great Spaces: Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

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Lazy Dog Restaurant

One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
5224 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners 30092
470-735-4501
lazydogrestaurants.com

General Manager Nick Munaweera, a California transplant who has recently settled in Peachtree Corners to set up Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, shared the details about enjoying some holiday festivities here.

If you’d like a restaurant with a relaxed, lodge-like, chic atmosphere or a dog-friendly patio for your next holiday event, this new local favorite is for you. Lazy Dog serves up the freshest global comfort fare. Be the person your dog thinks you are, and take your pooch along too!

The food, the ambiance, and the service are the draw here. Besides the fact that your furry best friend is allowed to join you. “We want to make sure people have a good experience,” said Munaweera.

We Woof You a Merry Christmas

Corporate or personal events are welcome, in designated areas of the restaurant and the patio, however, there is no private room. The maximum amount of time allotted for a party is 2.5 hours.

For an après-ski feel to your party, you can seat a maximum of 16 people in front of the stacked stone fireplace and under a soaring ceiling accentuated with tasteful, wooden beams in the main dining room. There would be patrons seated in booths on either side of your party.

On the patio, a maximum of 25 people can be accommodated. One side of the massive stone fire pit could be dedicated to your event. The other half would be left available for patrons and their dogs.

Cocktail events would be ideal here on a Thursday or Friday evening. If you’re not necessarily looking to have dinner, but would prefer some appetizers and beverages, reserve a corner of the patio. Tables could be set up in the area with appetizers like wings, tots, Cajun fries, hummus, and you and your guests can mingle during a block of time sometime after 3 p.m. and before 7 p.m.

How About a Holiday Party with Lazy Dog?

Lazy Dog boasts a 100% scratch kitchen. They buy raw ingredients and at any given time, there are six or seven people, including a Saucier and Garde Manger, making salads with freshly chopped lettuce, cucumbers and other salad ingredients. Everything is diced and chopped every morning. The founding chef was a culinary teacher, so they use a lot of French terms in the kitchen. “Nothing comes out of a plastic bag,” said Munaweera. “It’s a lot of work for the chef.”

“Surprisingly, even in the summer, American comfort foods like chicken pot pie, lamb pot pie, and pot roast are very popular in Peachtree Corners,” noted Munaweera. They set a record for Bison burgers within the first few days of opening; 35 were served in one day. It seems Peachtree Corners residents enjoy some very hearty American dishes!

Munaweera was accustomed to the more health-conscious Californians who typically slimmed down in the spring, ordering only salads and soups. He knows how to take a local patron’s warning seriously and will not run out of pot pies in Georgia—no matter the season.

While it may be impossible to come up with a menu that can meet all dietary needs, Munaweera said, “We go to the tables as managers, ask for their dietary needs, and then go to the kitchen and discuss with the chef. I did that with one of the council members’ wives last week. She was sensitive to soy.

“We will claim a gluten sensitive menu but we can’t call it gluten-free because the food is prepared in the same air space, there could be cross-contamination. We reserve part of the grill so we don’t cross-contaminate food. There are some vegetarian items on the menu and some ingredients can be removed to make dishes vegan or vegetarian.” They can cater to patrons with nut allergies as well.

Lazy Dog does not let the dogs out—ahem, I mean they don’t cater. But they do offer pick-up! “We can load up your car with boxes of food to go,” informed Munaweera. DoorDash, and Grub Hub are also options. Quantity for a pick-up is not an issue but the more heads up you can give, the better. For an office party for 50 people, 24 hours’ notice is good. If it’s an order for over 50 people, 48 hours’ notice is helpful.

Book it!

The sooner you can book your holiday party here, the better. Events will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. A week in advance should be sufficient usually, but with the holidays around the corner, blocks will book-up quickly.

Lazy Dog opens at 11 a.m. and closes at midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, they’re open for brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then stay open until midnight.

Parties are billed on a per-person basis, only charging for what guests consume. It can start as low as $15 per person. A mid-level price would be $20 per person. A high price would be $25 per person. That does not include alcohol which would be billed separately, and also on a per consumption basis.

Hosts can choose to cover all alcohol for their guests. Some cover all food and guests are on their own for cocktails. Others cover the first two drinks for their guests. Munaweera and his team will discuss these details with you when you call to book.

You may choose to offer your guests a restricted menu, with a few options each of appetizers, entrees and desserts, for example. That also helps to move things along more quickly in the kitchen.

For a tail-wagging good time at your holiday party, call General Manager Nick Munaweera to book your holiday event at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar at 470-735-4501.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directl y.

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. She and her family have enjoyed living, working and playing in Peachtree Corners since 2013.

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New Restaurant, Townhomes, Specialty Grocery Store Under Construction

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Miller's Ale House

Miller’s Ale House, a 7,000 square-foot restaurant, will soon break ground at its new location on Peachtree Parkway. The sports bar will be located on an out-parcel next to Taco Bell in the Peachtree Parkway Shopping Plaza. The north corner of the existing shopping center (where an existing emissions inspection station is located) will be razed for a parking lot for the restaurant. The new restaurant is part of a chain based in Orlando, Florida.

Town Center Townhomes: The first five of the 72 planned townhomes adjacent to the Town Green are now under construction. Foundations have been poured on the new 3-story brick townhomes which will offer three- and four- bedroom/3.5-bathroom floor plans. Features include brick exterior, two-car garages, gas fireplace and stainless-steel appliances, granite counter-tops in the kitchen. The development is named 5200 at Town Center. The sales office is located at the Stonington community located at 3544 Medlock Bridge Road. A full list of amenities and prices are included on the builder’s website.

The old Earth Fare is being converted to a Lidl location – Google Maps


Lidl, the German discount grocer, will open in the former Earth Fare space in the Interlochen Shopping Center at 5270 Peachtree Parkway. Work is currently underway in the 23,500 square foot space but the company has not yet announced an opening date for its new Peachtree Corners location. Along with fresh produce, the discount grocer sells meat and poultry, frozen foods, bakery items, health and beauty and household essentials. The first modern Lidl store opened in 1973 in Germany; today the company operates 10,800 stores in 32 countries including more than 70 stores in the United States.

Information courtesy City of Peachtree Corners

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My Favorite Holiday Foods & Desserts

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Favorite Holiday Foods

We asked some local people what their favorites were for this holiday season

The Bramble Family
Kyra, Cliff, Stevie, Reid
Owner of Noble Fin

Peanut Butter Cookie Kisses

“One of the joys of making this dessert during the holidays is not the actual eating of these cookies, but the pure look of excitement in our kids’ faces. The excitement of gathering all of the ingredients, and the fun of pouring the ingredients into the bowl, making a mess and watching the kids be filled with so much excitement as the cookies get placed into the oven.”


Debbie Mason
Peachtree Corners
First Lady

While Debbie is involved with many of the city’s activities, including the Peachtree Corners Festival, she takes time to bake for her family. She shares this favorite holiday recipe.

Debbie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

2 sticks butter, softened
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. In a different bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Then add the flour mixture, alternating with adding the sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. The batter should have taken on a different sheen when it’s ready. Add the vanilla and blend well. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 90 minutes. Enjoy!


Executive Chef Ken Hampton
Hilton Atlanta—Peachtree Corners

“I have been Executive Chef at the Hilton Atlanta—Peachtree Corners Hotel, known as the “Castle on the Hill,” for the past nine years, and I’ve seen tremendous growth in the area. Over the years, several local companies have held their holiday celebrations at our hotel. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year—I love to see the joy and happiness of our customers celebrating the season with co-workers and family.

“Our holiday collection this year includes Red Velvet Cheesecake with Bourbon Eggnog Crème, Warm Salted Caramel Vanilla Bean Cake with Peppermint Ice Cream, Cranberry Pumpkin Pie with Berry Coulis and Pearls Sugar Waffles with Mini Cider Donuts.”


Gina Solomon
Wesleyan Artist Market

Harvest Salad

“This is, hands down, a sure hit—even for those who typically do not enjoy a salad. The combination of sweet and savory is a crowd pleaser every time. Crisp green apples, toasted pecans and dried cranberries make it a seasonal specialty.”

● The salad ingredients include:
● mixed greens lettuce
● sliced red pepper
● cubed Granny Smith apples
● sliced red onion
● toasted pecan halves
● dried cranberries
● crumbled blue cheese
● salted bagel chips and
● homemade dressing of oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dried mustard and poppy seeds.


Jeanne Aulbach
Peachtree Corners City Council

Jeanne Aulbach

Jeanne likes to keep it basic. “Generally, if I’m hosting for the holidays, I just roast a turkey and fix some candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and succotash. No recipes needed!”


Chef Donte Youmans
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Peachtree Corners

Surf and Turf

If turkey isn’t your style, Chef Youmans has a suggestion: try a half-pound lobster tail and a 7-ounce applewood-smoked, bacon-wrapped filet seared over glowing embers of Firebirds’ 100% wood fired grill.

“Our Surf and Turf is a special entree combining a flavorful hand-cut filet with a juicy lobster tail grilled to perfection.”

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Celebrate the Spooky Seask with Family-Friendly Halloween Events at Gwinnett Parks

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Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has so many ways to celebrate the haunting season. Some are spine-chilling and others are educational but all are family friendly:

  • Walk Among the Stars is on Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Collins Hill Park, 2225 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville 30043. Celebrate National Lights on Afterschool at this free event for all ages with costumes, games, crafts, inflatables and more. Visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or call 770-822-3197 for more information.
  • Gourd Monsters & Mocktails is Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee 30024. Create a spooktacular masterpiece while enjoying mocktails and tasty treats! All instructions and materials provided. Ages 50 and older, $5 per person. Preregister by Oct. 22 online with code GPP41901 or call 678-277-0910.
  • Escape the Room: Teen Edition is on Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Help solve the mystery, beat the clock and escape. Ages 11 to 14, $10 per person. Preregister by Oct. 21 online with code RJP41605 or call 678-277-0890.
  • Super Hero Costume Party is on Oct. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road, Lilburn 30047. Come to this free event dressed as your favorite hero for an afternoon of fun, games, music and more. All ages welcome. Preregister to reserve your spot online with LAB41620 or call 678-277-0875.
  • Fall Into Halloween is on Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross 30093. A Halloween festival complete with crafts, games, costume contests and a haunted surprise for everyone. All ages, $3 per person. Preregister online with code LSP41610 or call 678-277-0860.
  • Harvest Homecoming is on Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth 30096. A free event with a special trip to the farm for games, face painting and tours. See the furry farm friends, enjoy a hayride, visit vendors and sample some tasty s’mores. All ages, preregister online with code MFP41690 or call 770-822-5450.
  • Trail of Terror is on Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville 30052. Get your chills and thrills as you experience the shadowy and sinister Phantom Village. All ages, $5 per person. Preregister online with code EXT41700 or call 678-377-4010.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Patch is on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Come find your perfect pumpkin in the pool patch to decorate for our pumpkin contest. All ages, $8 per person. Preregister online by Oct. 18 with code BEP41101 or call 678-277-0880.
  • Spooktacular Skate Party is on Oct. 26 from, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Hockey Rink, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners 30071. Create ghoulish crafts, roast marshmallows, participate in a costume contests and more! Free to attend, bring your skates and have some fun. Additional fees may apply. All ages, preregister online with code PVP41690 or call 678-277-0920.
  • Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Get into the spooky season with one of the most renowned writers to hear tales that will make your blood run cold! Ages 16 and up, $26 per person. Preregister by Oct. 20 online with code LFS41402 or call 770-822-5178.
  • Boo Bingo and Potluck is on Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Dress up in your best Halloween costume, bring a frightfully good potluck dish and enjoy a round of Boo Bingo! Ages 50 and up, $6 per person. Preregister Oct. 29 online with code BEP41908 or call 678-277-0179. 

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