High Profile Chef Opening New Healdsburg Restaurant

Street food and booze spot rolls into former Scopa this February

Healdsburg’s sidewalks are about to roll up a little later thanks to a new late-nite spot featuring global street food and killer cocktails. Amen. 

Chef Shane McAnelly (Chalkboard, Brass Rabbit) and the owners of Duke’s Spirited Cocktails will open Duke’s Common in the former Scopa space in early February 2018. The news answers two burning questions we’ve been chewing on all winter — who would take over the tiny-but-mighty Scopa space (the restaurant closed last summer) and what exactly McAnelly was keeping up his sleeves.

The merger of the downtown Plaza neighbors brings together the farm-to-glass cocktails of Duke’s with the culinary prowess McAnelly brings to the table – literally. Tapping into the flood of millennials who are tres charmé with the town, the casual global street food should resonate, including dishes like Disco Fries (a sort of poutine), shrimp skewers, pizza by the slice and sandwiches.

“The menu is meant to be an affordable option on the square to grab a quick bite either on the go or in the space itself,” said McAnelly.

Duke’s Common will serve food daily from 4 to 9p.m., but the entire menu will also be available two doors down at Duke’s Spirited Cocktails from 4 to 11p.m. weeknights and 4-midnight on weekends. 

Duke’s Common, opening in February at 109a Plaza St., Healdsburg.



4 thoughts on “High Profile Chef Opening New Healdsburg Restaurant

  1. Gosh, people are so grumpy! There are lots of places in town locals can go for a reasonably priced meal. Spoonbar’s Plaza Menu is $36 per person for dinner. Dry Creek Kitchen’s Sonoma Neighbor dinner menu is also $36pp. Mateo’s has a $14 sandwich and agua fresca for takeaway or dine in. Pizzando has a pizza and a pint for $15, 3-5pm daily. Bravas Bar de Tapas has an unbeatable “420” happy hour on the back patio… drinks and apps for $4.20 – and you can definitely make that a meal. And most of these have very reasonble corkage fees – even waiving corkage on a bottle or two. How does all of this not add up to value?

    And don’t locals want a fun night out, from time to time? While a “falafal-rito” may not be my cup of tea, I sure as heck am excited to have another fun spot to enjoy a cocktail and some easy, fun foods – especially without needing advanced planning or a reservation.

  2. Just great! Another small plate joint which will cater for the tourists who are willing to pay 20 bucks for a hamburger. Where are locals suppose to go for a decent fair priced meal nowadays? Dinner for two for $150 bucks is not reasonable for locals who use to be able to go out to dinner a couple of times a week for that same price.

  3. Cannot wait for this! The people who operate dukes are incredibly kind, and I’m very happy that they are expanding.

  4. Just another over priced tourist trap, part of the gentrification of the “once” quaint affordable town of Healdsburg now long long gone sadly. Won’t get my business.

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