June 08, 2022
The Dutchess, the newest restaurant by Chefs Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki-Styer, officially opened its doors on Wednesday morning in Pennsport.
The name is a play on The Dutch, the brunch spot owners previously operated in the same Pennsport location, at 1527 S. 4th St., before the husband-and-wife duo moved it to East Passyunk in February. The new, fast-casual spot will serve coffee and breakfast staples by day, while offering burgers, sandwiches and ice cream at night.
The Styers have been in business together for more than a decade. After meeting in culinary school in 2003, the two worked together at Le Bec-Fin before opening their first restaurant, Fond, in 2009. The restaurant was a perfect blend of the Styers' individual culinary styles – Lee Styer's Dutch and Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, along with Prawlucki-Styer's pastries and desserts.
The French-American restaurant closed in 2021 due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the duo are set to return to Pennsport with their latest endeavor.
"We're exceedingly excited to return to the original location of The Dutch with a new, tweaked concept The Dutchess," said Lee Styer. "We're thrilled to bring house-made ice cream, burgers, sandwiches and more to the community of Pennsport."
After its opening Wednesday, The Dutchess will be open on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., with dine-in seating, outdoor seating and takeout options available.
Highlights from the new menu include:
• Breakfast Burger: bacon, dippy egg, lettuce, tomato, special sauce
• Double Cheeseburger: American cheese, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, brioche bun
• Falafel Flatbread: grilled sourdough, tomato cucumber salad, tahini sauce
• Crispy Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: buttermilk, Red Hot-marinated chicken, spicy breading, lettuce, celery, tomato, bleu cheese sauce, brioche bun
• House-made Ice Cream: choice of malted milk chocolate and salted caramel, served in single-serving cups
Styer told PhillyMag that he hopes to bring back some of what made Fond special through pop-up dinners at the Pennsport restaurant, without having to commit to the signature style all the way.
Visitors can expect some weekly craft beer pop-ups as well, particularly in the coming weeks. Additional information can be found on The Dutchess' social media accounts.