A Sneak Peak at Catalyst


On Monday afternoon I met up with William Kovel, chef of the soon-to-be-opened Catalyst restaurant in Kendall Square, for a sneak peak at the space. I learned of Catalyst for the first time back in April when Chef Kovel presented a tasting of seared yellowtail with pickled vegetables at the Cooking for a Cause event. Catalyst’s address is 300 Technology Square, just steps from Kendall Square and next door to one of my favorite recently-opened restaurants. Chef Kovel hails from Aujourd’hui in the Four Seasons, which shut its doors in 2009. Catalyst’s name came from his experience getting laid off as it was the catalyst to finally start on his own restaurant, which has now been two years in the making.

The space that Catalyst occupies is quite enormous. Upon entering you are greeted by a bar that spans almost the entire width of the restaurant. Reclaimed barn wood adorns the walls, and windows all around the perimeter provide ample natural light. The bar will seat 26. Additionally, there are two main dining areas as well as a lounge with a fireplace, patio seating out front for the warmer months, and a private events room.

The food will be modern American with lunch, dinner and bar menus. Menu highlights include a selection of fresh and filled pastas every night, and rotisserie meats made on Catalyst’s own rotating spit, including chicken, lamb and mutton. The kitchen at Catalyst boasts an ice cream machine and there will be a daily homemade ice cream each night. You can view the full menu which is already up on the website. Chef Kovel is aiming to source as many of his ingredients as possible from nearby farmers and producers. Some vendors already lined up include Eva’s Garden in Dartmouth, MA, Siena Farms, dairy from High Lawn Farm, and meat from Round the Bend Farm.

Chef Kovel’s team includes General Manager Vincent Putiri, who worked with Chef Kovel at Aujourd’hui, and Chef de Cuisine Anthony Mazzotta. They are aiming for an August 30th opening. Read more about the restaurant, including menus and information about private events here.

Catalyst
300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA

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11 Responses to A Sneak Peak at Catalyst

  1. Thanks for sharing! Living around the corner, I am always excited for new restaurants to open in Kendall. It’s definitely starting to feel like a real neighborhood!

  2. Megan says:

    The menu looks amazing. I have been waiting for Catalyst to open! I can’t wait to check it out when it does.

  3. Erica says:

    What a gorgeous space! Can’t wait to see the review once its opened

  4. Molly Galler says:

    This space looks gorgeous! So much light! I can’t wait to check it out!

  5. Liz says:

    What an amazing space. I’ve been excited about the opening since Cooking for a Cause as well – they can’t open soon enough!

  6. I need to try the new Kendall Square restaurants soon! So nice seeing you Wednesday night. Enjoy the coming weekend! xo

  7. shannon says:

    sounds like another one to add to the list… it’s getting much too long 😉

  8. Nice! I have been reading a lot about this, can’t wait to try it!

  9. Taryn says:

    Oooh love sneak peaks…. this place looks like it’s going to be great!

  10. Daisy says:

    Catalyst looks gorgeous, what a stunning interior. can’t wait to check it out!

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