[BBJ] Catalyst opening coverage

Permitting delay holds up Catalyst Restaurant opening

(Originally published Sept. 9, 2011 in the Boston Business Journal)

Catalyst Restaurant was expected to open its doors this Saturday evening. General Manager Vincent Putiri tells the Boston Business Journal via phone that permitting issues will forestall the opening until next week—most likely Wednesday, Sept. 14.

“I’m mostly just disappointed because I want to get our staff in here and working,” Putiri said.

The modern American eatery is the brainchild of William Kovel, former chef at the Four Seasons’ Aujourd'hui, who came up under local restaurant titan Michael Schlow, of Radius, Via Matta and, most recently, Tico.

Catalyst will be open for lunch and dinner with small plates served at the bar, and a brunch menu coming later this month.


Catalyst Restaurant expected to open Sat. in Kendall Square

(Originally published Sept. 8, 2011 in the Boston Business Journal)

After hoping for an August opening, William Kovel’s modern American eatery Catalyst Restaurant is planning to open its doors on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 300 Technology Square, according to the restaurant's general manager.

Kovel, a protégé of Radius and Via Matta owner Michael Schlow, and former chef behind the Four Seasons’ esteemed Aujourd'hui, subscribes to the local/sustainable movement, with menus changing seasonally to reflect availability.

The sleek spot is set to open for lunch, and dinner with smaller plates served at the bar—which features outlets for laptops or phones, a nod to the square’s plugged-in denizens. Lunch items include a variety of soups and salads, plus a duet of housemade pastas (corn ravioli or fettuccine with heirloom tomatoes, each $10), a diverse selection of sandwiches (from a garden veggie grinder for $10 to the Catalyst Burger with bacon, caramelized onions and roasted tomato on brioche for $15), and entrees of roasted chicken or cod ($14).

Entrees available for dinner include lemon sole with roasted baby fennel, creamed leeks and lobster vermouth butter ($27) and honey-glazed duck breast with baby turnip, bok choy and water chestnuts ($26).

The space boasts 1,600 square feet of convertible private event space which can be opened up or sectioned off for events for anywhere from ten to seventy-five people, a semi-private Fireplace Room for cozy cocktail receptions and a covered and heated patio that can accommodate up to 100.

Catalyst Restaurant general manager Vincent Putiri, who also hails from Aujourd'hui, said the restaurant expects to open in the evening, after the Cambridge Carnival in Kendall Square.