Duchess, the newest addition to the all-day dining scene in Rockridge, will officially open for business this weekend. It’s from a couple of wine professionals, Caroline Conner and Chris Strieter, and chef Candice Caris (who’s has most recently served stints in corporate kitchens like Google and Apple), and will serve “California-inspired pub fare” at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Rockridge has a few all-day spots like Pasta Pomodoro and Crepevine; Duchess is thinking bigger, with coffee and pastries in the morning, lunch items like a serious fried chicken sandwich, afterwork drinks, and a family-friendly dinner atmosphere.
The menu is focused on salads, snacks, and mains, offering dishes that inventive but comforting like a Duchess Donut filled with chicken liver mousse and topped with huckleberries, and fries topped with Dungeness crab, pink cocktail sauce, scallions and sesame. Connor, who worked as a pastry chef at Nopa, is heading up the dessert menu. And thankfully for a neighborhood that’s filled with kids, there are craft cocktails, beers, and wines. (Check out food and beverage menus below.)
Finally, the space was designed by Versacrum Design (Trick Dog, Shakewell), featuring lots of warm wooden details in the two-story space, which has two bars.
Starting Saturday, Duchess will open with a limited schedule that will change in the near future: Tuesday to Thursday from 8 a.m. -10 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 8 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. -9 p.m.