A Bethesda chef is bringing his French brasserie to Fells Point.
Duck Duck Goose, which has a location in Bethesda, is opening in Bad Decisions’ original space at Fleet and Washington streets.
Owned by chef Ashish “Al” Alfred, Duck Duck Goose offers French fare and small plates.
Alfred grew up in Montgomery County and spent time in Baltimore as a teenager. He moved from Bethesda to Canton earlier this year in anticipation of the new restaurant’s opening.
“I found Charm City very charming from a very young age, so [it was] kind of always a dream for me to have a place here,” he said.
Alfred attended the French Culinary Institute, now known as the International Culinary Center, in New York. Prior to opening the first Duck Duck Goose last April, Alfred opened 4935 Bar & Kitchen, also in Bethesda. He’s currently transforming the first floor of that space into a steak house, George’s Chophouse, set to open this summer. The second floor will become an event venue.
The menu at the new Duck Duck Goose will be similar to the original bistro, which offers dishes such as dry-aged duck, Cabernet-braised short ribs and quail. The menu will change seasonally and cater to local customers.
“What’s on the menu, what’s on the cocktail list — it’s determined by the neighborhood,” Alfred said.
Alfred said he hopes to take advantage of the large bar in the former Bad Decisions space, which will offer a more extensive selection than the first location.
“The bar is a really old bar,” he said. “Instead of tearing it down, we do want to try to repurpose it to fit our needs.”
The garde manger station will be housed behind the bar, with an open kitchen in the back of the building.
“The kitchen here is little bit smaller so I think we’re going to have to get kind of creative with what we’re going to be able to do,” he said.
In addition to cosmetic updates, he plans to brighten the dark space by opening the wall facing Washington Street.
Following renovations, Alfred hopes to have his second Duck Duck Goose open by the end of the year.
It will seat about 42 guests.
The restaurant will turn a page in Fells Point at a spot that housed Bad Decisions for eight years. The bar, known for its clever cocktails and bacon nights, relocated from its original home at 1928 Fleet St. to the former Get Down space at 701 S. Broadway last August. It closed for good in February.
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