Commoner & Co., the second venture of the trio behind the popular midtown restaurant Prep & Pastry, officially opens Thursday.

The restaurant at 6960 E. Sunrise Drive will open for happy hour at 2 p.m. Thursday and begin its dinner service at 5. It will host happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. daily and serve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Event Manager Katie Sanzo said they are discussing ideas for weekend brunch and possibly lunch service down the road, but for now Commoner & Co. will serve only dinner.

Commoner & Co., settling into the former home of The Abbey, returns owners Nathan Ares, Brian Morris and William Meinke back to the space where all used to work. The trio came up with the idea of Prep & Pastry while working with The Abbey's former owner Metzger Family Restaurants

The Abbey, opened in 2010, closed last October after a financially tumultuous year that included owner Brian Metzger filing bankruptcy for the business. 

Commoner & Co.'s executive chef is Virginia "Ginny" Wooters, the former executive chef for The Abbey and several Metzger Family Restaurants. She left Metzger's Poppy Kitchen at La Paloma in March.