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Swift’s Attic team to open Chinese restaurant Wu Chow downtown

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The team behind downtown fusion restaurant Swift’s Attic plans to open Chinese restaurant Wu Chow in late 2014. The restaurant, which plans to serve authentic modern Chinese cuisine from all provinces, will be located on the ground floor of the new IBC Bank tower at 500 W. 6th St. The menu will have an emphasis on “fresh, crisp and healthful preparations.”

“We saw an opportunity to create a modern yet authentic Chinese restaurant that builds on some of my family’s recipes and incorporates what’s currently happening in progressive Chinese cuisine today,” says Wu Chow general manager and co-owner C.K. Chin, who still has family in China.

Wu Chow plans to serve lunch Monday through Friday, dinner seven nights a week and dim sum on Saturday and Sunday. Wu Chow will also offer take-out. The restuarant’s name combines a name from Chin’s family (Wu) with a colloquial way to say ‘cook’ (Chow).

Swift’s Attic’s Mat Clouser will serve as executive chef at Wu Chow. The culinary team includes Swift’s Attic veterans Callie Speer, a Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Pastry Chef nominee; Jeff Hammett, who will develop the cocktail program; and Cody Budua and Sam Hovland, who will develop the beer and wine programs.

Wu Chow is the third Chinese restaurant announced in recent months. Former La Condesa chef Rene Ortiz has plans to open Angry Bear Chinese take-out in East Austin in 2014, and former Alamo Drafthouse chef John Bullington and general manager Jerry Reid intend to open A-OK Chinese take-out on South Lamar Boulevard next year.