Word of Mouth

Barely open a month, kaTcH Fish House is already thinking big

KaTcH Fish House opened just a month ago, but its owners are already moving forward on plans to open additional Colorado locations -- and more.

In fact, the restaurant's director of operations, Ian Rubinstein, says he and owners Chris and Emily Deutschman -- who also own Magnolia Restaurant and Sushi Bar -- aspire to make kaTcH go viral.

"We want kaTcH to become a chain, so the ultimate goal is to do well, obviously, and then expand, first within Colorado and then outside of Colorado," Rubinstein explains.

"In the middle of the country, there aren't a lot of cheap seafood options, and so what we're trying to do here is healthy, efficient, cheap and good fish at the same time," he adds. "The closest concept would be Tokyo Joe's, but really, there's nothing like it."

Rubinstein says he and the Deutschmans are already moving forward on plans to open a second fish house on the main floor of an apartment complex at 1513 Wynkoop Street near Fogo de Chao.

The space is designed to accommodate two other businesses, Rubinstein says; a Smiling Moose Deli is slated to occupy the third. KaTcH's location at this LoDo spot, far more expansive than its existing space at 1300 Pennsylvania Street, is expected to serve as the chain's headquarters.

For an opening date, Rubinstein ballparks next February.

Beyond that, business plans are a bit more hazy. "I've looked at a couple places, and the owner and I have looked at potential locations in Broomfield, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins," Rubinstein says. So far, no agreements have been forged though.

The ultimate goal is to franchise.

Rubinstein says the Deutschmans dreamed up their restaurant's wacky name (and spelling) to get people talking. It offers a fish sandwiches and po boys with a variety of sides and housemade sauces. The restaurant also serves up dollar draft beers and a dollar-off food during happy hour, which runs daily from 3 to 7 p.m.

KaTcH's hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call 720-328-1616.

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