Orange County-based Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is hiring for 200 positions at its first San Diego location, set to open in June in Mission Valley.

A company statement said the upscale casual dining restaurant will open in the former Chevy’s space at Westfield Mission Valley mall, at 1202 Camino Del Rio N.

Operators are holding on-site interviews Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. The company is filling front-of-the-house and kitchen positions.

The upscale casual dining restaurant company was started in 2003 in Westminster, near Huntington Beach. The San Diego restaurant will be its 12th location, with all of its eateries in Southern California.

The small-town, Rocky Mountain-themed restaurant serves items such as comfort foods and craft beers, including some from San Diego breweries. The Mission Valley location will also have a dog-friendly patio.

The company is led by CEO and founder Chris Simms, who launched his restaurant management career at PF Chang’s while living in San Diego, the statement said. Simms is the son of Mimi’s Café founder Thomas Simms.

— SDBJ Staff Report