Update: Seafood restaurant Guild will not move into the former Counter 357 space, according to a representative for Chameleon Companies, and future plans for the upmarket restaurant are on hold.
The smoke has finally cleared both literally and figuratively at downtown gastroclub Swift’s Attic. The restaurant that taps global flavors and clubby vibes for its upbeat brand of culinary hospitality closed in mid-March after suffering a late-night fire in the kitchen area while the restaurant was empty.
Ownership announced at the time that they hoped to reopen in the coming weeks. Two months later, that time has arrived. Swift’s Attic will celebrate its reopening on Thursday night with a party from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be light bites (food that will cheekily be served flame grilled, charred and smoke to acknowledge the close call from March) and cocktails available viva a cash bar. Swift’s Attic will also be selling “Swift-y” merchandise for sale with proceeds benefiting The100Club.org, a non-profit that gives financial support to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
Swift’s intends to roll out a new brunch in July and continue its Big Ass Burger special on Monday nights. The Chameleon Companies has a busy summer ahead. The group that owns Wu Chow also intends to open Rosedale Kitchen and Bar in the short-lived Guild space on North Lamar in July. The group had intended to update and relocate seafood-centric Guild to the former Counter 357 space below Swift’s Attic, but there has been no recent update on that decision. Chef Sterling Ridings, the former Uchiko chef who was running Guild at the time of its closer, however, has been posting some gorgeous food photos on Instagram from his supper club he called Eloise | Jane.