HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
What's your latest food quest? Get great advice

HEY MILLYGIRL, Matthew Sullivan is moving into your neighbourhood

Googs Oct 9, 2012 07:03 AM

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:

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. m
    millygirl Oct 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    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.

    9 Replies
    1. re: millygirl
      brushfire Oct 9, 2012 11:48 AM

      i can't wait!

      1. re: millygirl
        Googs Oct 9, 2012 12:43 PM

        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!

        1. re: Googs
          millygirl Oct 9, 2012 05:30 PM

          Who's he partnering with?

          1. re: millygirl
            Googs Oct 9, 2012 08:03 PM

            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
              millygirl Oct 10, 2012 03:32 AM


              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
                Googs Oct 10, 2012 07:50 AM

                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
                  millygirl Oct 10, 2012 10:05 AM

                  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
                    Googs Oct 10, 2012 11:13 AM

                    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
                    JennaBean Oct 10, 2012 10:25 AM

                    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!

        2. Baelsette Oct 10, 2012 06:27 AM

          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!!

          1 Reply
          1. re: Baelsette
            Googs Oct 10, 2012 07:53 AM

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

          2. estufarian Oct 10, 2012 01:05 PM

            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 - chef@southbrook.com

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

            2 Replies
            1. re: estufarian
              Googs Oct 10, 2012 01:55 PM


              1. re: Googs
                estufarian Oct 11, 2012 07:11 AM

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

            2. Googs Oct 10, 2012 02:12 PM

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

              1. Googs Oct 14, 2012 10:59 AM

                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.

                1 Reply
                1. re: Googs
                  brushfire Oct 15, 2012 09:04 AM

                  This is amazing.

                2. Googs Nov 28, 2012 05:06 AM

                  After 3 nights of soft opening, they open for real tonight. Enjoy!

                  5 Replies
                  1. re: Googs
                    millygirl Nov 28, 2012 07:09 AM

                    Yes, I saw some of the tweets. Did you go yet?

                    1. re: millygirl
                      Googs Dec 1, 2012 06:51 AM

                      No Ms M, it means that other thing I like to do. I have my table booked so now y'all can have at 'er. I do hope you like it. Reservations here and it sounds like you might need them:

                      More insight here:

                      1. re: Googs
                        brushfire Dec 1, 2012 07:38 AM

                        going next week! can't wait to try. anyone been and can share their experience?

                        1. re: brushfire
                          Googs Dec 1, 2012 01:48 PM

                          It's probably too early for any hound to weigh in. Even I think I'm going too early to give them a fair chance. I just really wanna see what they're doing with the space, the wine pairings, the service, and of course the food. Really all I'm looking for is an overall good time. Perfection takes time for every player to work as one team. I can be patient about that.

                          There's this:

                          And various opinions here:

                          1. re: Googs
                            gembellina Dec 6, 2012 06:45 AM

                            I went last night and thought it was great. They seem pretty together so I don't think it's unfair to comment now. It's an unusual space which I think will work better once it's busier. Service was friendly and attentive, but possibly with a slight edge of nervousness which I'm sure will fade because they did everything right. Waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable about wine pairings. Food was very good but as I've had a cold recently I won't voice any criticisms of flavours until I can try it again with switched-on taste buds! It was all very very rich so I hope they might think about putting some sharper, fresher dishes on the menu in future. Even the vegetable side dish had lardo! Stand-outs were the rabbit orrecchiette special and the sticky toffee dessert.

                  2. Googs Jan 11, 2013 09:43 AM


                    1. Googs Feb 9, 2013 08:05 AM

                      You never know when one of your neighbours just might be a nationally published critic.

                      And from the other side of Yonge St:

                      1. kwass May 2, 2013 11:49 AM

                        Apparently Matthew Sullivan is out @ Skin and Bones:


                        1 Reply
                        1. re: kwass
                          Googs May 3, 2013 11:10 AM

                          S&B totally blew my hot streak with calling winners before they open. Bah!

                        Show Hidden Posts