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Sway brings modern Thai food to South First; glass2plate blurs line between pop-up restaurant, supper club

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Opening Sunday: Sway, the long-awaited Thai restaurant from the La Condesa team, which includes owners Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta, chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki, at 1417 S. First St. Inspired by the modern Thai food that both Herman and Ortiz enjoyed while living in Australia, the restaurant will serve dishes including black vinegar chicken, tamarind-glazed beef, a char-grilled cornish hen served with chili jam, rose apple stir fry, pad kwetio and an appetizer called prawn miange with Gulf shrimp coated in toasted coconut. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, an open kitchen and striking square mahogany tables so heavy and large (they can accomodate between 12 and 16 people each) that they had to be built inside the space. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week starting Sunday. 326-1999, swayaustin.com

Open: Nothing Bundt Cakes, 2785 Bee Cave Road, the second Central Texas location of the bakery that specializes in decorated Bundt cakes. 329-8333. facebook.com/NothingBundtCakesAustinWestlake

Open: Spicewood Tavern, a gastropub at 8127 Mesa Drive, the former Mirabelle space, serving food from chef Reese Heffington. 386-1464, spicewoodtavern.com

Open:Mazama Coffee Co., a coffee shop at 301 Mercer St. in Dripping Springs serving Cuvee coffee and assorted pastries. (512) 363-2183, mazamacoffee.com

Open: Tapas Bravas, the second location of the Spanish food trailer behind Weather Up, 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St. tapasbravasaustin.com

Open: Ruta Maya Cafe eSpress Trailer. Ruta Maya’s Penn Field location closed a few months ago, but the owners have opened this mobile location at 1209 S. First St. to serve customers until a new brick-and-mortar home opens. rutamaya.net

Open and closed: Sugar and Smoke, a barbecue restaurant in Fredericksburg. A Mexican restaurant named El Milagro Twenty Twelve has opened in its place, 249 E. Main St., (830) 307-3051.

Closed: Collie’s Burgers, a food trailer that specialized in burgers and hand-cut fries.

Closed: JAX Neighborhood Cafe, the music venue and restaurant at 2828 Rio Grande. Art Blondin, formerly of Artz Rib House, had been serving his popular barbecue there after his South Lamar Boulevard restaurant closed earlier this year.

Closed: Ming’s Cafe, the UT-area Chinese restaurant at 2604 Guadalupe St.

UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS

  • What’s the difference between a supper club and a pop-up restaurant? It’s hard to tell with a project like glass2plate, a new venture from Matthew Taylor and Dirk Miller, who met while working as sous chef and sommelier, respectively, at Wink. In November, they hosted a dinner at Hausbar Farm in East Austin and a midnight brunch at Aviary, the home decor shop and wine bar on South Lamar Boulevard. Their next event is on Saturday at Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road, where they’ll serve a six-course dinner featuring dishes including an eggdrop soup made with Hausbar chickens, roasted quail with winter vegetables and longhorn beef kibbeh. Tickets ($135 a person, including wine and cocktail pairings, tax and gratuity) and information are available at 765-4427 or glass2plate.com. In addition to public events and classes, including another dinner on Dec. 13 with the Noble Pig chefs, Taylor and Miller are available for private parties and catering.
  • From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, the East Austin brewery Hops & Grains, 507 Calles, is hosting a panel discussion on the history and cultural impact of fermentation. Panelists include Hops & Grains founder Josh Hare, Ben Runkle of Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria, Pinthouse Pizza head brewer Joe Mohrfeld and Simon Perez, owner of Baked In Austin. Tickets ($20, at the door or by emailing info@hopsandgrain.com) include samples of some of the products that the panelists will discuss.