New Three Cats Restaurant to Offer Michigan Specialties in Clawson’s Leon and Lulu

Three Cats, a new upscale dining and retail concept, will open on Friday, Sept. 20 in downtown Clawson

Three Cats, a new upscale dining and retail concept, will open on Friday, Sept. 20, in downtown Clawson. The new restaurant is co-owned by Mary Liz Curtin, a principal of Leon and Lulu, and Matt Prentice, a longtime restaurateur.

Located at 116 W. 14 Mile Rd., just west of Main Street, American small plates emphasizing Michigan products will be served among furniture and gifts sold at Leon and Lulu. The full restaurant and bar stemmed from Three Cats Cafe, an art deco-inspired lunch spot in Leon and Lulu that offered soups, sandwiches, pastries, and coffees.

“I have admired Matt’s food and knack for service for many years,” says Curtin. “I cannot imagine starting a restaurant with anyone else. Three Cats will make Leon and Lulu a complete destination where guests can enjoy a fine meal as well as great shopping.”

The introductory menu will include Michigan wild Chinook salmon and locally foraged Pawpaw fruit. Small plates will offer fish, poultry, pork, beef, and vegetarian and vegan options. Guests will also be able to buy the furniture they are dining on if they are interested.

“I’m so excited to be back in the kitchen doing what I love,” says Prentice. “I’ve created a seasonally inspired menu with items you won’t find anywhere else, served in an atmosphere unlike any other restaurant.”

Three Cats will also offer a full bar with Michigan craft beer, American wines, and spirits with an emphasis on Detroit and Ferndale distilleries. Seating will be available inside and on the patio.

A preview dinner scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, was a benefit for Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs.

Three Cats is located in the historic Clawson Theater adjacent to Leon and Lulu. It will serve lunch Monday-Friday, dinner nightly, and brunch Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Leon and Lulu was founded in 2006 by Curtin and her husband and is located in the historic Ambassador Roller Rink. It expanded to the theater next door in 2016.

Prentice was the former owner of several notable restaurants, including Morels, Deli Unique, Coach Insignia, and Shiraz. Late last year, following the expiration of a five-year noncompete clause that was the result of a lawsuit by a previous investor, Prentice was free to open and operate restaurants in Oakland and Wayne counties.

Written by Grace Turner for DBusiness.