Spring's Lucky Dog Sports Bar and Grill pushes to become family-friendly restaurant

The Everything Burger ($12.99) features a fried egg, chorizo, bacon, ham and several other toppings. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Everything Burger ($12.99) features a fried egg, chorizo, bacon, ham and several other toppings. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Everything Burger ($12.99) features a fried egg, chorizo, bacon, ham and several other toppings. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Bark Mi Burger ($13.99) is inspired by the Vietnamese dish banh mi and includes jalapenos, cilantro, carrots and cucumbers.(Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Bryan Zuniga named Lucky Dog Sports Bar and Grill after his Great Dane, Remus. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Cuban ($12.99) comes with pulled pork and ham and is served with a side of plantains. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Sweet N’ Hot wings ($6.99) combine Asian and Latin flavors. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
As the Spring community begins to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bryan Zuniga, owner of Lucky Dog Sports Bar and Grill, said he hopes to bring back the family-friendly atmosphere of his bar.

Zuniga opened the bar in January 2018 after leaving the banking business to pursue his dream of owning a restaurant. The bar itself is a tribute to his Great Dane, Remus, who was “lucky” enough to live 13 years, Zuniga said.

“I’ve built the bar around him, so we welcome dogs here,” he said. “Inside you can bring your dogs on a leash; outside we have the dog area.”

Although the bar acts as a community gathering place, Zuniga said he wants the bar’s culinary options to get customers talking as well. The bar offers various burgers, including a Cuban sandwich—Zuniga’s family recipe—and a Bark Mi Burger, inspired by a Vietnamese customer’s culinary tips.

The lockdown forced the bar to furlough many of its employees, so Zuniga, his wife and his son ran the bar for most of the pandemic, Zuniga said. Despite the hardship, he said the pandemic allowed his food to really shine on its own.


“Yes, it was a very scary experience; yes, we did lose a lot of money,” he said. “But we were able to bring something positive, like exposing my kitchen. Now, we are more of a restaurant than a bar.”

Zuniga said he had hoped 2020 would be a year of reaching new customers and adding space to his bar. Now that 2021 seems to offer more hope, he said he wanted to bring the community back together by bringing games and live music back to the bar.

“I want to be a neighborhood bar and grill where everybody comes in with their kids. We have bingo nights; we have dogs on the patio,” he said. “So I kind of just want to become more of a one-neighborhood family. That’s where I want to be at.”

Lucky Dog Sports Bar and Grill

9440 Louetta Road, Spring

832-698-2977

www.luckydogbars.com

Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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