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Oct 9, 2012 07:03 AM

HEY MILLYGIRL, Matthew Sullivan is moving into your neighbourhood

The Malena/L'Unita chef is setting up shop at 980 Queen E at Carlaw.

I'm going to guess this is very good news for the rest of Leslieville too. Watch this space for details:

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  1. Hey Googs, thanks for the heads up!! Sounds very interesting and look forward to checking it out in November.

    We went to L'Unita only once and it was before Chef Sullivan so I'm not familar with his food but your excitement has me excited LOL.

    Boy Leslieville is becoming quite the mecca. I just hope it's better than say, The Eastender. We ate brunch there a few weeks ago and to say it was underwhelming is being kind.

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      1. re: millygirl

        Considering who he's partnering with, I doubt quality would be allowed to be less than perfect. And this shot, wow, looking at this shot and reading the prep makes me wanna grab my sleeping bag and camp out for a table. Dill and coffee cured... Swoon!!/GastroMatthe...

          1. re: millygirl

            Ah Ms. Girl, I always forget you're not fond of links. Rather than rewrite it, how about a copy & paste on Daniel Clarke? Combining creative talent with business skills under one tent. The restaurant industry's finally catching up to the music industry circa 1979.

            2012 - Present Skin and Bones, Owner/Operator
            2010 - 2012 Enoteca Sociale, Co-owner/Partner
            2009 - 2012 Pizzeria Libretto, Manager
            2007 - 2008 Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse; General Manager, Assistant Manager

            1. re: Googs


              Hey wait a minute. I love links!! Honest I do. I just haven't bothered to figure out how to attach them to Chow, that's all!! I swear!!! And for some reason I missed this the first time yesterday. Not a good day, fighting the flu.

              BUT much better today, and I see now the story....very exciting indeed Googs. I will look forward to more opening news as we get closer. Trying to figure out which storefront they've taken over.

              1. re: millygirl

                Well no wonder. I'm home with the same deal. I'll be posting the question, "Who's serving turkey with all the trimmings?" later since I had to miss out this year.

                They've taken over the Carquest Auto Parts which, in restaurant terms, is a huge space. Looks like you'll be getting a place designed from the ground up to be that particular restaurant. Now I'm super-jealous.


                The bones of the interior:


                1. re: Googs

                  Too funny. Everytime I drove by that space I thought to myself that it would make a great spot for a restaurant. This is very exciting indeed.

                  Hard to imagine though that they will be ready for November, no??

                  Anyways, hope you feel better fast Googs. I guess it's that time of year.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    Your plan is only as good as your suppliers. Let's hope they hired well. By looking at just a photo, I'd say a Nov 1 opening is completely do-able. The rest is up to the contractors and licensors.

                  2. re: Googs

                    I actually looked at this space for a resto. We just didn't have the kind of capital we thought was required to do this kind of a reno. I can't wait to see what they do with it!

        1. This is HUGE in my world. I was in the Annex for years before moving to the east end. L'unita is one of my favourite restaurants. Have been many times and and have always had great food, great service and loved the atmosphere. Very very exciting, thanks for sharing!!

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          1. re: Baelsette

            I told my boss I didn't wanna move to Leslieville. I might have to rethink that.

          2. He's also cooking a special dinner in Niagara at Southbrook Vineyards (can't find a link - so had to paste details).

            Join Chef Matt Sullivan and local food ambassador/accomplished author Lynn Ogryzlo as they walk you through a seasonally inspired menu whilst honouring the dedication of the local purveyors responsible for the menu’s bountiful ingredients. Each course will be complemented with carefully selected Southbrook Wines, to which our Vineyard Manager Scott Jones will share their unique stories from vine to wine.

            Saturday, October 20th
            Sparkling Reception - 6:30pm
            Dinner - 7:00pm

            Red Fife Sourdough - Sashimi of Silver Bass - Pickled Quail Egg

            Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi - Braised Rabbit - Wild Mushroom

            Beef Heart Tartare - Monforte Toscano - Pickles - Milk Bread

            Slow Roasted Pork Neck - Beets - Carrots - Cheesy Grits

            Lamb Shank Cannelloni - Lamb Loin - Celery Root

            Apples - Bread and Butter Pudding - Pecorino Fresco

            Monforte Water Buffalo and Forty Creek Milkshake

            Menu with wine pairings: $140.00/person + tax

            To book, email our Events Leader, Michele -

            **** $15.00 proceeds from every ticket sale going to support the Ontario Table local food efforts

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              1. re: Googs

                Thanks - it wasn't up yesterday when I checked that page - showed zero upcoming events!

            1. Should have posted the restaurant's, not the chef's personal Twitter link. Please Tweet responsibly.

              1. As much as it pains me to do so, I feel obligated to share this. Hoarding just isn't my style. Look! You can book reservations. No sleeping bag required. Just leave one table for Beau and I.

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