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Community Highlights: Meet Ashish Alfred of Duck Duck Goose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashish Alfred.

Hi Ashish, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m the owner of Alfred Restaurant Group – which includes Duck Duck Goose Baltimore, Duck Duck Goose Bethesda and two restaurants that will be opening soon – Duck Duck Goose DC (located in Dupont Circle) and No Way Rose, a new and vibrant culinary experience in Federal Hill featuring flavorful French bistro-inspired plates, a raw bar and specialty cocktails.

Born and raised in the DC region, I started my first job in a restaurant when I was in high school and have worked in virtually every position – bartender, bouncer, host, server, line cook, manager and chef. I attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City and, in 2016, I opened my first restaurant.

The service industry is notorious for its issues with addiction – and today, I am proud to be over seven years sober. With the unwavering support of my family (especially my mother) and my friends, I am incredibly grateful to be where I am today.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Addiction is prevalent in the hospitality industry and I’m one of the fortunate ones who have come out on the other side of it. In my restaurants, I do everything I can to make a safe space for my employees. For example, employees at my properties aren’t allowed to drink during or after work, there are no “night caps,” and all team outings are sober events. I am (and have always been) willing to help employees get assistance if they need it.

Aside from the realities of the industry itself, COVID-19 was a nightmare for restaurants. Navigating the ever-changing restrictions was exhausting and taxing for everyone. Thankfully, now that vaccines are readily available, we’re officially on the rebound. There is a new level of hunger – literally – within our team, and we’re thrilled to be back and more innovative than ever. We just launched our summer menus – which is something we were unable to have fun with last year due to the uncertainty of COVID – and I’m very grateful for that. It’s something we’re really, really proud of.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Duck Duck Goose is a contemporary small plates brasserie with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients.

Nestled in the historic Fells Point neighborhood, Duck Duck Goose adds approachable elegance into your daily life. Modeled after a French brasserie, you’ll savor each bite of our expertly-prepared cuisine – spanning classical to modern Parisian influences. From casual happy hours to special occasions, Chef Ashish Alfred and his attentive staff present a modern French dining experience in a chic atmosphere — 86 the pretentiousness.

Our ingredients are what set us apart from the rest. We source locally and seasonally to serve modern dishes with bold flavors.

How do you define success?
Success is doing what you love every single day, and for me that is creating a welcoming, special, and inclusive space for people to celebrate. From ordinary moments to engagements to holidays – being in the hospitality industry allows you to be part of major milestones for people in your community. I love it and wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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