Well, it’s really time to say good-bye: Austin’s beloved Dog & Duck Pub, which closed in early November because of unpaid rent, won’t be returning, at least not to the East Austin location where it moved in 2015.
A new bar is setting up shop at 2400 Webberville Rd., according to Eater Austin. Called the Cavalier, it’s going to preserve the neighborhood bar vibe of Dog & Duck and will have 17 draft beers, as well as cans, bottles and cocktails. The on-site kitchen will serve Southern-inspired eats.
The Cavalier is under the ownership of two veterans in Austin’s hospitality industry: Chadwick Leger, formerly the manager of dive bar Shangri-La, and Rachelle Fox, previously the general manager of Shawn Cirkiel’s Backspace. They had been wanting to open their own bar together, and the vacant Dog & Duck space was too good to pass up, according to the Eater article.
Although it’s still under renovation, the Cavalier is expected to arrive in early March as “a neighborhood haven from all the chaos that is” South by Southwest, Leger said to Eater.
It’ll be open 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays, with food offered through 11 p.m. each day.
Dog & Duck had been an Austin staple near the University of Texas campus, opening in 1990 as a British-style pub. It was forced to close in late 2014 because of construction in the area and reopened on Webberville a year later with the same focus on draft brews and English-style pub food like fish and chips.
On Nov. 2, a letter was posted to the front door of the pub citing a lack of rent payment. If the more than $30,000 in due rent was paid, Dog and Duck would’ve been able to open back up, but the owners told the Austin Chronicle at the time that there were no plans to reopen.