Prairie Dogs settles in on Lake Street

Credit: Craig Johnson says the weekends have been busy at Prairie Dogs, now open at 610 W. Lake St. Photo by Michelle Bruch

Prairie Dogs now has a liquor license in hand, with local taps and early and late-night happy hours.

The restaurant is a brighter version of the prior tenant The Gray House, with old-school meat grinders hanging over the bar.

The classic Chicago-style Prairie Dog is the biggest seller, but co-owner Craig Johnson said all the dogs have fared well.

“Everything has been taking off,” said Johnson — who proudly sports a tattoo of a Prairie Dog.

“I knew if I got it, we’d have to open up,” he said.

The restaurant offers carryout, delivers by bike, sends orders to the LynLake Brewery, and is now keeping the kitchen open until midnight seven days a week.

If the owners secure a patio license this summer, they’re planning to install a walk-up window.