A Gainesville classic is returning this summer! Get excited for the brand-new Swamp Restaurant now located between Midtown and Downtown in the Innovation District. With construction full steam ahead and plans to open doors August 2022, this iconic landmark complete with the white picket fence, live music, and historic style house will be back in the Gainesville before you know it.
The Swamp Restaurant has been a Gator staple for over 25 years as a popular spot for game day, afternoon brunch, or a meeting of alumni. The announcement in 2019 that the building was to be demolished was met with an outcry from alumni, students, and Gainesville residents alike. A petition to save the historic building gathered over 30,000 signatures and an attempt was made to give the building historical landmark protections. While the original building is no more, the plea of the people was heard and construction for the new site began in July 2020, just four minutes from the original.
The New Location
The new building will be made with the same care and charm of the original with a custom building that will be strikingly similar to the original. Make memories on the front lawn or second story event space and take some time to look at the memorabilia covered walls. The goal of the new building is to be a forever home for Swamp Restaurant. The new location, 1026 SW 2nd
Avenue, will place the building in a unique spot that is close to Ben Hill Griffin stadium
, nearby Sorority Row
, and still in an up and coming area of the Innovation District
. Get ready to wear your orange and blue, the Swamp Restaurant will be ready for the first football game of the season.
The Swamp Restaurant is a great location for a local hot spot, but for many of the same reasons, it is a great spot for an off-campus apartment. You'll have plenty of options to choose from as there are many communities in the area and more on the way. In the Midtown neighborhood, you can live in the heart of Gator nation and be walking distance from the UF campus. Apartments are close to the library for a late-night study session, and local restaurants and bars from both Midtown and Downtown are a short walk away. Scooter to have dinner with your sorority or to grab groceries at the neighborhood Publix. Be part of the gameday shenanigans and join in the sea of orange and blue that fill the streets.
Follow the Journey
Interested in supporting the project or eager to be first in line for a burger? Visit Swamprestaurant.com
and sign up for SWAMP-CAM updates to be the first to know about new developments. You can also cement your place in Gator history when you buy a customized engraved brick to be placed in the new courtyard lawn. Don't worry- bricks from the old location will be a part of the new one! Gator Nation it's time for you to get excited to make more #swampememories!