(Credit: Alberto Martinez)

Chef Zack Northcutt is departing Swift’s Attic, the restaurant at which he has worked since it opened on Congress Avenue in 2012. The Austin native is joining US Foods as a regional chef. Longtime Swift’s employee Matthew Taylor, who served as chef de cuisine under Northcutt, will now serve as the executive chef at the restaurant that favors seasonal small plates with an Asian influence.

“Zack has been an integral part of the Swift’s family since the very beginning, and we

are incredibly grateful to him for everything he’s brought to the restaurant over the years. He is an amazing talent, and we wish him the best on this next chapter,” said Stuart Thomajan, founder of the restaurant’s parent company, the Chameleon Group, which also owns downtown Chinese restaurant Wu Chow and a forthcoming concept at 38th Street and North Lamar Avenue.

Northcutt popularized a tricked-out burger night on Mondays at Swift’s Attic that will also serve as a send-off for the popular chef. Swift’s Attic will host a “Zack Attack” on Monday, August 8, as Northcutt will serve one of his over-the-top burgers for the final night at the second floor restaurant. Swift’s will give away tickets on its Facebook page.


Swift’s Attic on 2015 Top 10 burgers list  (From the archives, 11.19.2009): Chef Zack Northcutt hosts Meaty Monday Madness potluck at his house