Double Dogs Chow House, a dog-friendly chain that originated in Western Kentucky, is opening its first Lexington restaurant Monday. Hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The eatery will be at one end of 1916 Justice Drive, in a new “restaurant row” in the Hamburg area that will include a Taziki’s at the other end and another restaurant in between. Taziki’s Mediterranean Café opened July 25.
Double Dogs’ menu features family-friendly fare with a fun twist, including the Dog Bowl Nachos and the Bo Burger, named for one of the “founding dogs.” It also has a full bar and 38 TVs for human guests.
To celebrate the launch of the sixth restaurant in the chain, Double Dogs will name a Lexington police K-9 service dog as an honorary “house pup” on Monday. Officer Chad Karsner and his dog, Lux, will be recognized; Lux specializes in narcotics detection among other things.
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The honor will be accompanied by a donation to the program and a donation to the Lexington Humane Society.
“We are excited to expand into a new city in Kentucky and honor the local police force that keep this community safe,” Daniel Davis, founder of Double Dogs, said in a statement. “Human or canine, we appreciate their service.”
Davis also is the founder and owner of Rafferty’s. He started Double Dogs Chow House in Bowling Green and named the concept for his dogs Bo and Chancey. There are now restaurants in Louisville, Knoxville and Nashville.