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Duke and Dagger in Menomonie Closes

beloved British restaurant closes after half a decade of business

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

A KNIFE TO THE HEART. The Duke and Dagger, a British-inspired restaurant in Menomonie, will close after a challenging past year.
A KNIFE TO THE HEART. The Duke and Dagger, a British-inspired restaurant in Menomonie, will close after a challenging past year.

After half a decade of business, the Duke and Dagger (120 6th Ave W, Menomonie) has decided to close its doors.

It was great to go out with a bang.

Andrew mercil + Sifia Jevne

Duke and Dagger

“Making the decision to permanently close was an emotional and difficult one,” said owners Andrew Mercil and Sifia Jevne. “We started this business as a way to contribute something unique and different to the community, to add a little cultural depth, and to provide memory-making experiences. … It was great to go out with a bang, and we hope that our community can take their memories with them and remember all of the wonderful times.”

Owners
Owners Sifia Jevne and Andrew Mercil plan to continue their endeavors in the Menomonie community, beyond their restaurant.

Prior to the pandemic, the Duke and Dagger (120 Sixth Ave. West) was perhaps best known for their events such as the British Book Club, Harry Potter Trivia Nights, and live music performances.

“The outpouring of love from the community was overwhelming,” the couple said. “To hear how our business impacted so many people with fond memories was exactly what we strived for and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”

Mercil will continue as president of the Mabel Tainter Theater’s board as well as working at UW-Stout, and Jevne will continue her work in Dunn County and as treasurer for the Menomonie Theater Guild.