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Checking in on 4th and Swift

In these still-sobering times for Atlanta restaurant’s scene, when we hear too often about good restaurants closing, it was heartening to check in with 4th and Swift’s chef-owner Jay Swift and hear some positive news. “Our business has been great this fall, and we are still having fun,” says Swift. “It’s seems as though we’re on a dramatic upswing, let’s hope it lasts!”

4th & Swift’s Jay Swift dazzles diners with Bourbon, Bordeaux & Game Dinner

In what 4th & Swift regulars hope will turn into a quarterly occurrence, chef/owner Jay Swift hosted his first seasonal private dinner this week at his Old 4th Ward restaurant.

A speedy first year for 4th & Swift

ATL Food Chatter: July 27, 2009(Editor's Note: Look for Food Chatter to now post every Monday. Better yet, you can sign up for our weekly dining newsletter to have the column sent directly to your inbox.)When Jay Swift, chef-owner of 4th & Swift in the Old Fourth Ward, shared his thoughts with me about the restaurant’s first year, he said he was pleased at not only the response of his local customers—which has enabled him to survive the recession to date—but he also felt good about being part of the dynamic growth in his neighborhood. In its first six months of operation, 4th & Swift’s American regional comfort food menu attracted both local and national acclaim, including being named one of the top 10 new restaurants in the country by Gayot.com. However, the last six months have seen a significant reduction in the level of business travel and expense account diners due to the economy, according to Swift (and echoed by many in the restaurant community).

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