Guild, the upscale seafood restaurant from the team behind downtown spots Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow, is closing at 3800 North Lamar Boulevard and moving to downtown Austin. The North Lamar space will be turned into a new restaurant called Rosedale Kitchen & Bar.
Guild’s last day of service on North Lamar will be on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31. The relocated Guild and new Rosedale restaurant are set to open in early spring 2019.
Guild is still negotiating its downtown address, but It’s safe to predict that Guild’s downtown home will be in the former Counter 3.Five.VII space at 315 Congress Avenue, since sibling restaurant Swift’s Attic is right upstairs.
Guild originally opened with a neighborhood restaurant peg in March 2018, but parent company Chameleon Group decided that a more intimate space would better show off executive chef Sterling Ridings’ approach to seafood. (Ridings used to be the executive chef of Uchiko.)
Rosedale Kitchen will embrace that casual neighborhood vibes, with a focus on what it deems as “healthier” and comfort foods, i.e. grain bowls, juices, pastries, and weekend brunch. There is no attached chef at this point.
Guild received mixed reviews from Austin critics. While Statesman critic Matthew Odam admired the effort behind the lofty menu, he ultimately found a lot of misses. Austin Monthly critic Jolène M. Bouchon didn’t think Guild was a neighborhood (read: comfortable, affordable) restaurant, and encountered poor service and dishes that “fell flat.”
Guild is the Chameleon Group’s third restaurant, after downtown restaurant Swift’s Attic and Chinese restaurant Wu Chow, and Rosedale will be its fourth.
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