Former 4th & Swift chef-owner Jay Swift is now the executive chef for The Iberian Pig in Decatur, according to a press release. The Spanish tapas restaurant is owned by the Castellucci Hospitality Group (CHG).
Swift closed 4th & Swift in the Old Fourth Ward—where Deep End is currently located—in 2016 after eight years citing a drop in sales following the openings of Ponce City Market across the street and nearby Inman Quarter. The closure of the beloved restaurant came on the heels of the opening of his seafood spot Noble Fin in Peachtree Corners. Swift opened the restaurant with his son chef Jeb Aldrich. It seems, however, that Swift is no longer associated with Noble Fin. Aldrich is now the executive chef of soon-to-open Tiny Lou’s at the Hotel Clermont.
The chef says of his move to The Iberian Pig, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about joining such a talented and value-driven group and I love being in Decatur. We will continue to adjust the menu seasonally and as wonderful ingredients become available in the next few weeks.”
No word as to whether Swift will also head the kitchen at the new Iberian Pig location opening in Buckhead early next year.
“Jay’s experience speaks for itself; he has been at the helm of some of Atlanta’s best kitchens for the last 20 years,” CHG owner Fred Castellucci adds. “We look forward to having him guide one of our most recognizable brands.”
Eater Atlanta has reached out to Swift for comment on his move to The Iberian Pig and to clarify his affiliation with Noble Fin.