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Report: Lazy Dog Restaurant might replace Romano’s in Kingstowne

A new restaurant could take over Romano’s in Kingstowne (via Google Maps)

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is angling to replace Romano’s Macaroni Grill at Kingstowne Towne Center.

As first reported by the Washington Business Journal, Lazy Dog has filed plans with Fairfax County that propose razing the existing restaurant building and adding an outdoor patio and trash enclosure.

However, it’s unclear when Romano’s Macaroni Grill (5925 Kingstowne Towne Center) will close. A spokesperson for Romano’s told FFXnow that the coming of Lazy Dog has not yet been confirmed, declining to comment on when Romano’s lease ends.

According to the submitted plan, Lazy Dog’s new restaurant would be 10,596 square feet in size, including a 1,379-square-foot patio area with 62 seats. Inside, the establishment would have 186 seats.

An entry tower is proposed, along with building finishes that are built out of stone, wood, stucco and metal canopies. The application describes the future restaurant as a “warm and inviting” spot for all guests.

“From the moment guests step out of the parking lot, they become immersed in the landscaping surrounding the building, which ties directly to the building architecture, emphasizing an inviting Jackson Hole, Wyoming experience,” Jared Taylor with Golden Property Development LLC wrote in the application.

Federal Realty Investment Trust paid $200 million last year to acquire the town center and Kingstowne Shopping Center.

According to the WBJ, Romano’s opened at Kingstowne Towne Center in 2003. This is the company’s last location in Virginia and the D.C. area, though it can still be found elsewhere in the U.S.

Lazy Dog can be found in Fair Oaks Mall and at The Field at Commonwealth in Chantilly. Inspired by founder Chris Sims’s days spent with family in the Rocky Mountains, the restaurant began in 2003 in Huntington Beach, California, and serves burgers, rice bowls, barbecue, salads and other American fare, according to its website.

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