Duchess (restaurant)

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Duchess[1] is a fast-food restaurant chain in southwestern Connecticut. Founded by Harold and Jack Berkowitz in Bridgeport in 1956, the company is privately owned and operated by Duchess Worldwide, Inc., based in Milford, Connecticut. The restaurants, 14 in all, feature an eat-in dining room, take-out service, and a drive-thru.[2]


Brothers-in-Law Jack and Harold Berkowitz opened the original Duchess in Bridgeport in 1956.[3]


Fairfield County[edit]

  • Bridgeport
  • Danbury
  • Darien
  • Fairfield (2)
  • Monroe
  • Norwalk
  • Shelton
  • Stratford

New Haven County[edit]

  • Ansonia
  • Milford
  • Naugatuck
  • Orange
  • Wallingford


On May 31, 1981 while responding to the report of a burglary at Duchess' Darien location, Officer Kenneth Bateman of the Darien Police department was killed. The suspect escaped and remains at large. Bateman’s murder remains the only unsolved killing of a Connecticut cop on record.[4] In 2015, Darien authorities offered a $100,000 reward for information about the murder.[5]


  1. ^ Rob Varnon, What's Cooking?, Connecticut Post, Fairfield, CT, December 18, 2005
  2. ^ "Duchess features" (PDF). Duchess Restaurants. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "History". The Hour. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Judge: Man supplied gun that killed Darien cop".
  5. ^ "$100,000 Reward Offered for Info in Murder of Darien Officer".

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