A new bar with a scruffy soul and led by industry veterans has taken over the short-lived Dog & Duck Pub space at 2400 Webberville Road. The Cavalier, which serves a food menu that riffs on smart Southern comfort, opened in March and will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. with food, drink, DJs and a puppy-kissing booth.
That last detail should give you a sense that the bar helmed by Shangri-La, Backspace and Vespaio veterans Chadwick Leger and Rachelle Fox intends to have a little fun and not take itself too seriously. Reinforcing that vibe are the bar’s motto “Come As You Are, Leave As You Like” and the dictum “no religion” and “no politics” painted on mirrors inside the bar.
The divey neighborhood bar’s menu features items like charred green beans ($5), buttermilk fried chicken ($14), roasted acorn squash with goat cheese ($14), cheeseburger on brioche bun ($8) and chicken liver mousse ($8). The menu was designed by consulting chef Sam Walter of Lenoir.
The drink menu at the bar that features two patios includes classics like a Boulevardier and pineapple daiquiris and unique creations like the Red Headed Stranger, a mezcal cocktail with strawberry puree and lemonade.
The Cavalier is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays. You can take a peek inside via the neighborhood bar’s Instagram page.
The Dog & Duck relocated to East Austin in 2015, following its 24-year run near the Texas State Capitol, but closed suddenly last fall.