The latest culinary venture from Metzger Family Restaurants quietly opened last Friday.

Poppy Kitchen @ La Paloma, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive, rolls out its happy hour this Friday and settles into regular hours beginning next week. Happy hour is from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily beginning Friday with reverse happy hour from 8:30 p.m. to close. Dinner is served beginning at 5 p.m. daily; the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Poppy Kitchen borrows a few favorites from Brian Metzger’s flagship restaurant Jax Kitchen on North Oracle Road, which he closed last month. But the menu overall leans a little more upscale than sister restaurant The Abbey, located further east on Sunrise Drive. Appetizers include a crispy pistachio crusted goat cheese ($11) and executive chef Virginia Wooters’ chopping block of house-cured meats and cheeses ($15). Entrees cover the gamut from seafood (seasonal fish is $26) to ribeye steak ($29) an includes duck breast ($22) and barbecue short ribs ($26).

Metzger’s other restaurant is the casual Gio Taco downtown.

See more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.