Former Pfizer Drug Researcher Opens Veg Cafe

The former pharmaceutical giant employee gives up analyzing the effectiveness of drugs to start a café in Mystic, CT.


After 18 years, Pfizer Drug Researcher Kate Straub left her job analyzing the effectiveness of drugs to found vegetarian and vegan diner Kate’s Café, which opened Tuesday in Mystic, CT. Of her seemingly radical career change, Straub told, “It’s good to work for myself and do something different. I’m not a corporate type of person,” insisting her data-based work experience will come in handy when she needs to adjust her business plan. The café, which offers a variety of breakfast and lunch options using organic produce and fair-trade ingredients in addition to San Francisco, CA-based Blue Bottle Coffee, aims to fill the void of downtown Mystic’s departed Puritan & Genesta health food store, which closed last year. “We wanted to bring something a little different to the area,” said husband Brian Straub.

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