The Colony Brings Swifty’s Poolside

Outdoor dining is quintessential to Palm Beach, with the It crowd gathering outdoors to dine ever since Henry Flagler’s famous tea dances in the Cocoanut Grove. What was once a tropical diversion is now a health essential, with breezes bringing fresh air and allowing ample space between guests. A table outside has never been more sought after, and if anyone knows a thing or two about sought after tables, it is Swifty’s founder Robert Caravaggi.  

Swifty’s owner Robert Caravaggi and The Colony’s executive chef, Tom Whitaker.

Once the Upper East Side’s buzziest society boite, Swifty’s shuttered in 2016 but reopened as a pop-up at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach during the last winter season. Swifty’s regulars like Aerin Lauder and Martha Stewart flocked to the Kemble Interiors-designed dining room at The Colony, where Carravaggi once again greeted guests by name, evoking Swifty’s unique clubby ambiance but with a classic Palm Beach twist.

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Lynn Foster, Gigi and Harry Benson, and Robert Nederlander dining at Swifty’s at The Colony. (Annie Watt)

Due to the overwhelming success of the Palm Beach pop-up, Caravaggi and Colony Hotel owners Sarah and Andrew Wetenhall are not only bringing Swifty’s back, but expanding with the launch of Swifty’s POOL, an outdoor concept bringing everything guests adore about Swifty’s outside. “Our first season was a smashing success,” says founder Robert Caravaggi. “It was such a pleasure to see so many familiar faces and wonderful friends in our dining room, and I am elated to evolve the restaurant to meet these unique times with the launch of Swifty’s POOL.”

The Swifty’s POOL setup.

Swifty’s POOL will launch on Thursday, October 29th, serving lunch, dinner, and cocktails around The Colony’s swimming pool, as well as alfresco seating under the hotel’s outdoor hanging garden. A more casual concept, Swifty’s POOL will still offer beloved Swifty’s favorites, plus lighter additions perfect for long alfresco lunches and warm starlit dinners. Swifty’s POOL will carry on the Colony’s tradition of live music and sophisticated entertaining by hosting live musicians and impromptu activations to keep Swifty’s POOL patrons on their toes (think rum tastings, book readings, and acoustic guitarists along with other engaging socially distanced endeavors). 

The famous Swifty’s crab cakes.

“Swifty’s has always been a beloved haven for its patrons”, says Sarah Wetenhall, President & CEO of The Colony Palm Beach, “which is more important now than ever, so we are thrilled to expand Swifty’s at The Colony.”

Swifty’s traditional dining room inside the hotel will reopen December 17th for the season, serving dinner only.

Andrew and Sarah Wetenhall, owners of The Colony Palm Beach, with Robert Caravaggi.