Matt D’Ella, right, cheers at the Lazy Dog in Boulder during the Super Bowl in 2009 . Gavin Levy is at left.
Matt D'Ella, right, cheers at the Lazy Dog in Boulder during the Super Bowl in 2009 . Gavin Levy is at left. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Football fans hoping to take in Super Bowl XLVII with a beer or two at the Lazy Dog on Pearl Street will have to reconsider their plans.

The Boulder establishment's liquor license will be suspended for 20 days, beginning Monday and stretching to Feb. 9. The big game falls on Feb. 3 this year.

The suspension was issued as part of an agreement reached Wednesday between the Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill owner and the city of Boulder's Beverage Licensing Authority.

The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., was originally facing four license violations brought by Boulder police in connection to the operation of what investigators say was a separate and distinct bar in its basement, known as the Underdog, from December 2011 to November 2012.

Despite assertions that the Underdog's staff worked for the Lazy Dog and the activities were allowed under the Lazy Dog's liquor license, owner Steve Ross on Wednesday admitted to two of the four violations brought by the city as part of the agreement.

The two violations were allowing an unlicensed person to exercise the privileges of the licensee's liquor license and making alterations to the licensed premises without prior approval by the authority.

The authority voted 4-1 in support of the agreement. Member Lisa Spalding voted against it because she said the punishment may have been too lenient.

Ross, who noted the Lazy Dog has not had a violation in more than a decade, accepted responsibility, though he lamented the suspension's impact on his employees.


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The Lazy Dog plans to remain open and serve food during its suspension.