S2 EP 2: Getting "Saltie" With Boston Restaurateur Kathy Sidell

Credit: Jane Beiles

Chestnut Hill native Kathy Sidell grew up in a food-loving family. Her father was a banker who financed many of Boston’s best chefs; her mom loved entertaining; and her sister, Stephanie, now runs her own restaurant group. Sidell’s first restaurant venture The Metropolitan Club opened in 2004. She went on to expand the steakhouse and bar concept to three additional locations around Greater Boston (including the well-known Met Bar) before opening Saltie Girl in 2016. The tiny modern seafood bar has since won Boston over with its creative dishes and unparalleled tinned fish selection.

The hospitality business is in Kathy Sidell’s blood. Her father (local banker and restaurant financier Jack Sidell) and her sister (Stephanie of Stephanie’s on Newbury) both inspired her to get in the game. In this episode, we chat about her career as a female restaurateur, the genesis of her latest spot Saltie Girl, her new potato chip venture, and the importance of not taking no for an answer.

The Food Lens Podcast is also available on:
Apple Podcasts
Tune In
Listen Notes

Don’t miss our upcoming Galentine’s Day Party at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen on February 13th from 6-9PM. Join us for a night of sipping, snacking, and sweets to celebrate the ladies – all while supporting Women’s Lunch Place, a local charity that helps homeless women. For more information, click HERE. We hope to see you there!

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine’s company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with modern pantry staples and easy recipes – perfect for those nights you aren’t hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 for 20% off your order.

Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Sign up for our weekly newsletters for curated guides, can't-miss dishes, restaurant recommendations, and more.

Enter Email