Passiflora, Champion Hospitality Group’s newest restaurant, has opened in the previous Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar space at 422 E. Principal St. on the Downtown Mall. Bearing the Latin identify for passion flower, the new venture offers a tiny-plates menu encouraged by Baja-Mediterranean flavors. Upstairs, there’s a tropical-themed lounge with exclusive enchantment to rum lovers.
Seem for a blend of minimal indoor and out of doors seating to assistance assure good social distancing through the pandemic.
Phil Gerringer is head chef, and Drew Kuechler, formerly of The Fitzroy, is the bar manager. Lizzy Hood, formerly of Eleven Madison Park in New York City and a short while ago of Potter’s Craft Cider, is serving as general manager.
Oysters and grilled crab cakes from Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch will be featured when DuCard Vineyards offers its Seafood Saturday celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Raw, steamed and grilled oysters, including oysters grilled with toppings, will be offered.
Clean seafood and fellowship aren’t the only points of interest. Songs will be served up by South Canal Avenue from 1 to 5 p.m. Assume well-known tunes from the 1950s to the 1970s, together with Motown favorites and tunes by The Beatles, Eagles and Chicago, amid other bands.