Saffron's owner, sister open new catering service
Saffron's may be gone, but the restaurant's owner, Edyth James, and her sister Jackie have opened Catering by Saffron's, an off-premise catering service working out of 5215 34th St. S. Edyth had worked with John Warren to start Savannah's Southern-style restaurant on Central Avenue, but she said she couldn't get the Caribbean cuisine out of her blood. Jackie had worked at Saffron's and cooked alongside Edyth's late husband, Cheffie; Jackie is now referred to as Cheffet. The sisters occasionally have a booth at the Saturday Morning Market, offering Saffron's sauces. A line of frozen prepared foods is in the works. Call (813) 298-8363.
Antique sidewalk sale is March 22
The antique shops that line Central Avenue will hold their 2nd Grand Central Antique Sidewalk Sale on March 22. At least seven shops between 21st and 27th streets will offer discounts on antique furniture, fine art, jewelry, glass, toys, pottery, primitives and garden, items and Florida memorabilia. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Rui Farias, Central Avenue Antique Marketplace, at 321-1576.
Z Grille will open larger venue this fall
Z Grille plans to open a larger space in Signature Place. Owner Zach Gross has been squeezing fish tacos out of a few tables and an open counter for a couple of years, but he now plans a fall launch of a nearly doubled restaurant on the northwest corner of the Signature's six-story building at Second Street and First Avenue S.