Burlington restaurant ¡Duino! (Duende) to close before reopening with new name and concept

The decade-old Burlington restaurant ¡Duino! (Duende) will shut down before reopening in August with a new chef, a new concept and a new name, owner Lee Anderson posted Monday night on social media.

“After a wonderful 10 year run I’ve made the decision to say goodbye to ¡Duino! (Duende) and our pandemic era pseudonym ‘Do We Know?’” Anderson wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram pages. “Thank you for all the beautiful memories, people. Thank you for all the delicious food, farmers. Thank you for all the friendships, crew.”

The restaurant will stay open “for the next couple weeks,” according to the post, with Anderson adding, “if there’s a dish that you love of ours. this would be the time to get it!”

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Anderson opened ¡Duino! (Duende) in late 2009 adjacent to his Radio Bean coffee shop/bar/music venue that started in 2000. The restaurant is sandwiched between Radio Bean and the music venue/bar/lighting store Anderson began in 2014, the Light Club Lamp Shop.

¡Duino! (Duende) features a street-food concept that brought food-cart cuisine into the 42-seat North Winooski Avenue dining space. “As a low-budget Bohemian traveler, there’s not an option to eat in big-budget restaurants, so I eat street food wherever I’ve been,” Anderson told the Burlington Free Press in 2010. “It’s the people’s food.”

The restaurant fits Anderson’s modus operandi for his other businesses, which seek to build and foster a creative community. “It’s still about the people motive, not the profit motive,” he told the Free Press in 2010.

Xander Carver and Jamie Macleish work the kitchen at Duino Deunde.

¡Duino! (Duende) was among the early restaurants to adjust to the COVID-19 era. Anderson rebranded the eatery for takeout food under the sound-alike name “Do We Know?”

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Anderson gave scant information about what the future of the restaurant might look like, but he did tell those who commented on Instagram that “you can count on us being very dietary restriction/celebration conscious in our new format” and “you can expect the same veggie forward menu & freshness in our upcoming venture too.”

One person commenting on the ¡Duino! (Duende) Facebook post asked if the changes at the restaurant would affect the Light Club Lamp Shop.

The new take-out setup at Do We Know? aka Duino Duende in Burlington on March 25, 2020.

The reply from the ¡Duino! (Duende) Facebook page said, “as of now, we will not be opening our venues this year… stay tuned for some exciting LCLS news though!” Anderson did say the Lamp Shop, which has offered livestream concerts since the pandemic-related shutdown, will open for retail sales next month.

Contact Brent Hallenbeck at (802) 660-1844 or bhallenbeck@freepressmedia.com. Follow Brent on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BrentHallenbeck.

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