Savage is now SHIFT.
The vegetable- and seafood-forward restaurant from chef-owner Logan Ely will now officially be known as SHIFT. The change was announced in an Instagram post from the restaurant on Sunday.
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SAVAGE RESTAURANT IS NOW SHIFT. This team and our intentions center around relentless learning and growth inside and outside of the restaurant, but sometimes intentions are not enough. Systemic racism is ubiquitous, outrageous and we stand against it. Savage is a word with a troubled history and it was a mistake to celebrate that in our naming. We are truly sorry for the ignorance and haste of choosing it, and any harm or discomfort it may have caused any of our guests and community. We will continue to learn, grow and shift towards a better future. We honor, respect and appreciate the questions being asked and work that needs to be done to create safety and equality for BIPOC. We must do better. Respectfully, Logan Ely and the SHIFT team
"Savage is a word with a troubled history and it was a mistake to celebrate that in our naming," the post reads.
Ely himself says that the name Savage was originally born out of haste, and that there was "no good reason" for the name. He's been looking for a name change since the restaurant opened in 2018.
"It felt like a really good time to just get it done," he says.
The name SHIFT comes from what Ely says is a "shift" in what we are seeing right now across the country. He says that businesses like his have to be asking themselves uncomfortable questions and take responsibility for things they have done that are wrong and shift to become better companies that are more understanding.
"The only thing I really cared about was that we got it done, and the name, I just want to leave that behind us," Ely says. "I think it's important, and I wanted to make that statement, however that affects the restaurant."
SHIFT is still closed for its typical multi-course small-plate menu, but it is open for curbside pickup with more casual dinners for two.
SHIFT, 2655 Ann Ave., Fox Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.354.8488, shiftstlouis.com