Duchess 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.
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.
In 2015, Darien authorities offered a $100,000 reward for information about the murder.
- Fairfield (2)
New Haven County
- Rob Varnon, What's Cooking?, Connecticut Post, Fairfield, CT, December 18, 2005
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