The Gist: This is going to be big. Cafe ArtScience is the brainchild of Dr. David Edwards, the Harvard professor and engineering genius behind Le Laboratoire, a Paris innovation center merging art and science, which opens a Cambridge location this fall. It includes the consumer-facing Cafe ArtScience, which will allow guests to get closely acquainted with Edwards' groundbreaking approaches to food. The restaurant is “an innovative environment where we pioneer the future of food with an eye toward better, healthier, sustainable living,” Edwards tells us, calling its 25-seat bar the "focus of its experimental activity." Behind that bar will be Clio alum Todd Maul, a Mr. Wizard of mixology who is known to wield a centrifuge as a cocktail tool. Bar patrons can also try noshes from WikiFoods, Edwards’ company that makes futuristic eats with their own natural, edible packaging: like the strawberry-vanilla frozen yogurt pearls seen here, created in collaboration with Stonyfield yogurt and already available in Whole Foods stores. The bar will also employ innovative WikiWare, which Edwards says will answer the question, "What tableware would Louis XIV have used if WikiFoods had existed at the time?” In the main dining room, expect gimmick-free, French-inflected cuisine from former No. 9 Park and Eastern Standard chef Patrick Campbell, says Edwards, who emphasizes that "molecular gastronomy" this is not: “It won’t be spectacle. Think of Patrick as an ombudsman between the public and the future of food. If something is showing up on the menu, it’s not a complete experiment. It’s from a sane chef who thought this through!” The 2,500-sq.-ft. space will also include a 100-seat auditorium for complementary programs and seminars on food innovation and sustainability, as well as an "oPhone hot spot" where guests can compose, send and receive scent-tagged messages ("oNotes") using technology that Edwards invented. He used it this summer to send the first transatlantic scent messages.
ETA: Soft open September 22; grand opening October 30
650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge