January 2, 2014
The next 12 months promise some big flavors from big names: the Uchi group is opening a new place, Lockhart is bringing us more barbecue, chef Rene Ortiz promises some good Sichuan, and a host of newcomers are on the horizon as well. And we thought last year was exciting.
Austin is getting its fair share of Chinese this year: the team behind Swift’s Attic announced in the last days of December that it will be opening an authentic modern Chinese restaurant called Wu Chow on downtown Fifth Street in late 2014. C.K. Chin, the general manager at Swift’s and the GA and co-owner of the new concept (and one of Zagat's top power players in Austin), will be at the helm, with executive chef and co-owner Mat Clouser as well as pastry chef Callie Speer on board. The focus will be on “fresh, crisp, healthful preparations,” and the restaurant will be open for dinner as well as dim sum on the weekends.