Here is a statement from the owners of Swig that was sent out in a press release last night:
“Our lease option was up at the end of this year. We intended to reimagine the space, as we did with the former Water Buffalo space, when we transformed it into Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria,” says John Walch, President of Hospitality Democracy. “Unfortunately, both parties were unable to come to a lease agreement that would allow Hospitality Democracy the ability to invest in a new concept in this existing space.”
Walch continues, “We have truly enjoyed the experience and camaraderie at Swig over the past 15 years, and we are sad to see it go. In addition to our current Third Ward dining options – Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria, Onesto, and Smoke Shack – we look forward to working on other exciting options in the Third Ward and greater Milwaukee as a whole.”
Already in the works for a November launch, sister restaurant Onesto is developing a brunch experience that is unparalleled in Milwaukee. In addition, Hospitality Democracy is expanding its catering and event options to meet its guests’ needs both in and outside of the restaurant spaces.
Considered one of Milwaukee’s first small plate restaurants, Swig will close its doors following brunch service on October 14. It will be your last time to get Swig’s bottomless mimosa brunch.