Address: 540 W. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 / (740) 249-4250
About Us / Catalyst Cafe History: The food environment of North America is ready for a Renaissance! Here in Appalachian Ohio, good work is being done on every level to be the proverbial change we want to see in our food system. As a restaurant, we feel privileged to feed our community in a manner that not only nourishes our neighbors, but that also has a net positive effect on our global village. We hope this holistic approach becomes widespread in Athens and beyond, and we encourage others to follow our business model: Reinvent the meal!\n\nWe love to make simple, delicious, nourishing meals with food from farmers we know. We opened a business that allowed us to enjoy these pleasures every day, and to share them with our neighbors. Over the years, our business has grown to include 3 locations: a bakery-café with attached retail market, a pizza and pasta restaurant next door, and an espresso café across town. We never dreamed we’d get to know our community so well, enjoying friendships that have taken root from shared resources. Our work is part of a larger grassroots movement in American culture, that Alice Waters named the “delicious revolution.” We look forward to a time when every town has its own special place to get fresh, homegrown, ecologically raised food, whether it’s a Peoples Grocery-style urban food co-op, a Restaurante Popular like the ones in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, or a thriving Farmers Market. We feel blessed that our community is nurturing similar developments here in Southeast Ohio.