Catalyst began on June 10th 2019 at 23 Florence Road where we opened up our first cosy little coffee shop with a vision in mind to create something more than just a coffee shop. With the help of our community, family, friends and everyone who walks through our doors we have created just that.
In early 2020, we began the expansion. We opened our small takeaway espresso bar One14 located at 114 Bray Main Street, below Firefly Hotel. One14 is Catalyst's baby brother where we have the freedom to focus fully on delivering whopper coffee. You can catch us experimenting with pour overs, iced teas and things like nitro brew. Our slick little espresso bar is perfect for grab and go. At One14 we implement some of the more sustainable approaches that our big brother Catalyst is pushing. Be sure to pop into us for some whopper coffee and great craic.
The summer of 2020 was our most exciting yet with the opening of our third location ‘Catalyst Cafe’. With the help of our amazing neighbours in Platform Pizza, we were given a space to open a pop-up coffee stall on the seafront in Bray for the summer. We started with just a coffee machine and savage tunes. By the end of the summer we had built a whole Catalyst community. In September after months of building planning, great support from our neighbours in Platform Pizza and some great craic, we moved into 7 Strand Road and opened our cafe. It's safe to say we found a new home here on Bray beach, all thanks to our amazing staff and customers.
During the summer of 2020, we also opened up our pop-up ramen bar called “Shoyu”. Shoyu came about from our love of asian/japanese cuisine and especially our love of a good bowl of ramen. This creation spawned from a takeaway food truck located around the back of Platform Pizza in close proximity to our Catalyst beach location. The launch of Shoyu was a great success from the start, although it was an amazing experience it was not feasible to keep it running throughout the winter months in Ireland due to the business being outside in the elements. Even though we had partial cover from the rain, we didn't want the weather affecting the experience of the business so we made the decision to close the pop-up until we could find a permanent brick and mortar. We hope to bring this business back to life in the near future.
During 2020 we first started the Catalyst HQ. Catalyst HQ is our commercial site in Bray where our office, warehouse and production kitchen is located. In late 2020 we invested to build a full commercial kitchen upstairs in our commercial site which is the location where all of our products are made and delivered to all of our shops. We have chefs that work everyday in our production kitchen that make all of the delicious food/drink you see in our shops everyday. We deliver fresh food every single morning to shops. A list of some of the stuff we produce from there includes: Breakfast burritos, toasties, overnight oats, kombucha, fresh orange juice, cookies, croissants, cinnamon rolls, sausage rolls etc.
In late 2022, we began our planning for our Catalyst Cafe with a full brunch menu, amazing table service and chefs on site producing some of the best vege food in the country. This vision took months of building and planning to bring to life and finally did so in early 2023. We first opened the doors to our beautiful cafe on 17th April. We have upwards of 45 seats here with an unbelievable crew of staff providing excellent customer service and only quality coffee and food. The focus of this location is purely food orientated and focused on delivering some of the best brunch food the country has to offer. This cafe is located at 2 Florence Villas, Florence road just 10 second walk down from our very first coffee shop that we opened in 2019.
Since opening the Catalyst Cafe on the same road as our first coffee shop we recognized there was no need to have two shops located so close to each other both selling coffee. We decided with great difficulty that we must close our first shop which was tough as it was our first little baby. The decision was so tough that we decided to reopen the shop but not as a coffee shop, thus Good Moody - Smoothie and Shake bar was born.
Good Moody is our most recent venture that opened on 15th September 2023. Here we are shaking things up and serving healthy smoothies and delicious milkshakes with a friendly smile. With the realisation that there's no smoothie/milkshake bars in the local area we decided to start whipping them up ourselves.
2 Florence Villas, Florence Road, Bray
7 Strand Road, Bray Seafront
114 Main St, Bray
23 Florence Road, Bray
23 Florence Road, Bray