El Catrin and Cluny's launch delivery as Distillery restaurant operations shift

Apr 23 2020, 8:43 pm

The Distillery Restaurants Corporation (DRC) has had to shift gears in the midst of the neighbourhood’s — and the city’s — ongoing closure.

Beloved eateries El Catrin and Cluny Bistro are embracing the changes by offering delivery, which is coming soon, while other spots are innovating in other ways.

Further, Cluny’s is expanding its menu beyond fresh breads, pastries, sandwiches, and salads with a grocery extension, launching in early May.

Offerings to come include produce packs, dairy kits, baking essentials, and home essentials such as toilet paper, sanitizer, and soap. Chef’s Kits, inspired by some of the spot’s most popular dishes, will also be available, enabling you to try your hands at French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, or Coq au Vin at home.


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Starting later this month, Cluny’s will be open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The grocery, when it launches, will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm.

Early May is also when El Catrin and Cluny’s will start offering delivery and takeout. Selections, including those of the grocery, will be available via Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats.

In addition to the ways El Catrin and Cluny’s will soon be navigating the changing times, the DRC is working to support team members and continue emphasizing community.

Prior to the announcements of government funding, owners and leaders of the DRC personally financed a $28,000 emergency relief fund to offer interest-free loans up to $250 for their employees.

The fund currently supports staff so that they can purchase food, medicine, and other essentials — no questions asked. Before closing their doors, 70 boxes of perishable food from the restaurants in the Distillery District were packed and personally delivered to staff across the GTA.

The DRC has partnered with Mealshare so that for every $100 DRC gift card sold, the Distillery Restaurants will donate 20 meals to youth in need.

Plus, the restaurant group has donated their inventory of 35,000 protective gloves to Second Harvest to support their team on the front lines.


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The Chefs from Madrina, El Catrin, Cluny Bistro, and Pure Spirits are taking over their restaurants’ Instagram pages to offer cooking and cocktail classes and to share some of their produce gardening tips.

Some IGTV’s to add to your watchlist include El Catrin’s Taco Tuesday, Madrina’s Sunday cooking lessons, Cluny Bistro’s guided Saturday Brunch, and Pure Spirits’ Wednesday cooking class.

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