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Former Nopa Pastry Chef to Open All-Day Oakland Pub

Called Duchess, it will function as a cafe during the day, pub at night

Caroline Conner and Candice Caris in front of Duchess
Caroline Conner and Candice Caris in front of Duchess

Rockridge will soon have a new all-day restaurant in its midst. Called Duchess, it’s moving into the old Conga Lounge space, sprucing things up with all-day menus and a focus on wine. Owners Caroline Conner, a former assistant pastry chef at Nopa, and Chris Strieter, co-founder of Sonoma County’s Senses Wines, are teaming up to bring the neighborhood a concept that will function as a cafe during the day and a pub at night.

To that end, executive chef Candice Caris (formerly Nvidia’s corporate chef) and pastry chef Conner together created options for the entire day. Think sausage and egg dutch-muffin, plum brown sugar coffee cake, seasonal salads, olive oil citrus bundt cake, poutine, fish and chips, fried chicken, and more. Drinks focus on craft cocktails, beer, and wine.

VerSacrum Design (Trick Dog, Huxley) is designing the space, which has a two bars an an outdoor patio. Local potter Jerred’s Pottery is making the plateware.

Duchess opens late September at 5422 College Ave., and will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday 6 a.m to 2 a.m.