Shuttered east Austin bar Dog & Duck is being replaced by a new bar from alumni of Shangri-La and The Backspace. Chadwick Leger and Rachelle Fox are opening The Cavalier at 2400 Webberville Road. The goal is to open in early March. “We hope to be a neighborhood haven from all the chaos that is SXSW,” Leger said.
Maintaining Dog & Duck’s vibe, The Cavalier is meant to serve as a neighborhood bar that is “a little classy, a little divey,” Leger said. On deck will be 17 taps of local beers, plus bottles and cans. Cocktails will be served, as well as shots. The kitchen will serve Southern-inspired food too.
“We have dreamed for years to open our own bar together,” Leger told Eater. “We had a great opportunity with this space, and hope to add something special to this prospering neighborhood.”
Leger and Fox’s renovations include deep blue paint, new wood tables, and a wood bar.
Leger was the manager of Shangri-La. Fox was most recently the general manager of the downtown pizzeria Backspace. Before that, she was the bar manager of South Congress Italian restaurant Vespaio. The couple wanted to go into business together and the vacant Dog & Duck space presented the perfect opportunity.
The Cavalier will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Friday, and then from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Dog & Duck Pub first opened on West 17th Street in 1990 but was forced to close in 2014 because of development. It relocated over to Webberville Road in 2015 but then closed again last November seemingly due to owed rent.