After 38 years, Chez Catherine, a Westfield institution, is undergoing a complete renovation. In addition to the dining rooms, many improvements including a new heating and air conditioning system will provide a more comfortable and quieter experience year ‘round.
The restaurant welcomed the third owners in its history in October 2016 when Stephane Bocket, a familiar face and long serving Maitre d’Hotel, joined with partner Michael Cowan to purchase the business from Didier Jouvenet. Planning for the renovation began well before the temporary closing with big ideas and dreams. For years Stephane had been waiting his turn to run this French fine dining institution. His dream was to give it more of a feel of Provence.
The most significant and striking changes are to the dining rooms. In the main room guests will find a space transformed to a warm, intimate dining room with soft finishes, an open chandeliered entry way and photos of Provence throughout the room. A coffered ceiling and new lighting will further enhance the ambiance of the soft wall colors. The goal of the new owners was to ensure a comfortable, quiet dining room in the warm and intimate surroundings that regular clients have come to expect and new clients will also appreciate. The staircase to the lower dining room has been softened with new lighting and provides entrance to a cozy wine room with stone wine cave and full wall mural from the original Catherine.
Many elements of a fine kitchen have been made over as well to ensure a perfect evening for guests.
Chez Catherine plans to be open the week of the March 28th when a new Spring menu and daily specials will greet guests to the “new” Chez Catherine. Impeccable service remains a basic of the restaurant’s offering, with touches of the past enhancing the new intimate surroundings.
431 North Ave.W., 908.654.4011. www.chezcatherine.com