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A Unique Restaurant Design

Schweiss doors adds style to the spicy new Sway Thai restaurant in Austin, Texas. The restaurant hydraulic door opens to a large communal table area where diners can eat and socialize. “We love the door. It’s great and we get a lot of comments. When it’s closed, people don’t even realize it’s a door because aesthetically, it speaks so well to the interior design,” said the restaurant owner, Jesse Herman. Austin is a city of big flavors, but interestingly enough there are few that specialize in Thai food. That’s where the long-awaited Thai Restaurant called “Sway,” (meaning elevated, delicious) tops the bill.

Traditional Thai food has a reputation of being very spicy and hot enough to satisfy anyones taste for heat. A newly opened restaurant in Austin, Texas does that and more. Austin is a city of big flavors, but interestingly enough there are few that specialize in Thai food. That’s where the long-awaited Thai Restaurant called “Sway,” (meaning elevated, delicious) tops the bill.

Owners, Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta describe their menu as drawing from Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese influences. Herman, Trombetta and Executive Chef Rene Ortiz got their taste for Thai food while living in Sydney, Australia where Thai food is wildly popular. The large Sway menu is inspired by the modern Australian style of Thai cooking, which means it’s more of a contemporary restaurant than a typical traditional family-run Thai restaurant. Apparently it has been very well received as Sway was voted Best Restaurant of the Year & Best Restaurant Design/ Interior in the Austin Chronicle’s Best Of Poll 2013.

Their beverage program includes Asian beers, drinking vinegars, wines, curated teas, Thai and Vietnamese coffees, but it is the menu that speaks volumes and so do people who have dined there.

This isn’t your typical meat and potato-lovers restaurant. A small list of what you can expect to see on the menu includes: Po-Pea Jay, Shu Mai, General Chong’s Quail, Nashi Pear Chicken, Grilled Meats, Thai-inspired Noodles, Whole Market Fish and Blue Crab. Several dishes can be prepared gluten-free or vegetarian.

Sway’s designer-style glass door, located near the bar at the restaurant, opens up to the outdoor Spirit Garden patio dining area. The 11′ 7.38″ x 7’11” custom-made hydraulic one-piece door is segmented with numerous attractive glazed windows. The frames were ordered without a primer coat of paint so the raw steel gives off more of a rustic look. It comes with two remote controls and photo eye sensors for easy and safe operation.

“We love the door. It’s great and we get a lot of comments. When it’s closed, people don’t even realize it’s a door because aesthetically, it speaks so well to the interior design. It exceeded our expectations,” said Herman, who noted that in a typical day 400-plus meals are served. “I think we’ll expand in Austin and then outside of Texas in the near future.” said Herman.