Three Cats Dining and retail

Curtin and Prentice collaborated on Three Cats Restaurant in Clawson, which highlights American small plates.

Photos courtesy of Three Cats Cafe

Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu, and Michigan restaurateur Matt Prentice paired up to open a dining and retail concept on Sept. 20 at 116 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson.

Curtin and Prentice crossed paths last year, and by the end of their initial conversation, they were ready to collaborate on a new venture.

Mary Liz Curtin and Matt Prentice of Three Cats
Mary Liz Curtin and Matt Prentice Courtesy of Three Cats

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

Three Cats’ introductory menu features lighter fare, with features from grilled Michigan Wild Chinook salmon and locally foraged Pawpaw fruit.

Small plate dishes include fish, poultry, pork, beef, and vegetarian and vegan options that are perfect for sharing.

“I’m so excited to be back in the kitchen doing what I love,” said 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 offers a wide array of beverages, including Michigan craft beer, wine and spirits from local distilleries.

Hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit

Guests will be seated on the furniture available for sale at Leon & Lulu.


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