Another darling of the Austin dining scene has come to an end. Sway, the award-winning contemporary Thai restaurant, has permanently closed its original location in Bouldin Creek.
Sway’s location at 1417 S. First St., which first opened in 2012, was proactively closed on March 16, 2020, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with all of the other restaurants under the New Waterloo umbrella, but never reopened. The shutdown came when hotel management company New Waterloo was already considering selling the property, a move accelerated by the pandemic.
“We had already investigated the sale of the asset before the pandemic and the severity of the pandemic made it clear that this was the right choice for our company,” confirms Delfo Trombetta, President of New Waterloo.
Although New Waterloo refused to name the buyer, Eater Austin reports that the French-inspired gastropub Hopfields is moving into the space with a concept supposedly known as Hopfield’s Bouldin Creek. A permit filed with the city in December supports this account, although a Hopfields representative has not responded to media inquiries regarding the alleged purchase.
Sway’s West Lake Hills location remains open for dinner, roadside collection, and delivery. Sway at Rock Rose at The Domain Northside is also currently closed, although it is unclear whether this location will reopen.
“There are still too many unknown variables to make a definitive update of our temporarily closed locations,” says Trombetta. “We are optimistic that we will have many years to come to our West Lake Hills location.”
Sway’s social media hinted at the South Austin site’s closure last summer. In a post from May 2020 it says: “Sway means community. It’s the driving force behind our food, seating, service and every decision we make – including the difficult decision to conduct all sway operations entirely from our West Lake Hills location for the foreseeable future. Not knowing if and when we will reopen our doors in South First and Rock Rose is hard to bear, but making that decision now seemed to be doing what was necessary to do the best for our teams and guests: allowing them to move forward and focus as needed to our efforts to ensure that Sway West Lake Hills delivers the best experience possible. It will be months before we can make a final decision on whether reopening our other two locations makes sense operationally and financially in any capacity, and we believe Sway West Lake Hills is best positioned to operate safely. “
Trombetta encourages Sway fans to keep supporting the West Lake Hills location, which has in some way stayed open for most of the pandemic.
“The West Lake Hills location is currently open to diners who wish to dine both indoors and outdoors. Plus, through partnerships with Favor and UberEats, they can be picked up and delivered on the side of the road, ”says Trombetta. “We’d love to have our community experience with Sway at our West Lake Hills location, if we haven’t already. The view of the Austin skyline from our open-air rooftop terrace is really something special. We really appreciate our take away business and we also have gift cards for sale that can be used for dining or take away. ”