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    A Latin vibe at Casa Caña in Allston, and a celebrated chef settles on Italian in South Boston

    James Beard award-winner Karen Akunowicz is planning to open Fox & The Knife in South Boston.
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    James Beard award-winner Karen Akunowicz is planning to open Fox & The Knife in South Boston.

    Openings: Casa Caña opens on Aug. 10 inside Allston’s boutique Studio Allston hotel (1234 Soldiers Field Road at Everett Street). It’s the latest from the Lyons Group (Kings Boston, Sonsie, Towne Stove & Spirits). Executive chef Tim Hixson (Babbo) runs the Latin kitchen and rum bar, serving yucca fries, empanadas, gazpacho, suckling pig chops, and green curry mussels. To drink? Pisco sours, mojitos, and Cuba libres, of course. A 106-seat courtyard has its own bar. It’s open from 3 p.m. until midnight daily.

    Noodle parlor Home Taste has opened in Arlington Heights (1312 Massachusetts Ave. at Park Avenue). It’s the sequel to a cult-favorite Watertown branch, known for hand-pulled noodles swimming in chile oil and burgers made from wheat-flour batter, stuffed with savory cumin lamb and chicken. It replaces Mexican restaurant La Posada.

    Medford welcomes Chimichurri taqueria (474 High St. at Canal Street). Enjoy grilled fish tortas, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and specials including beef chimichangas and Baja fish tacos.

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    Coming Soon: Former Myers + Chang super-chef and James Beard award-winner Karen Akunowicz has settled on South Boston for her upcoming Italian restaurant, she says. The new space — she won’t yet say where — will be called Fox & The Knife, as reported by Food & Wine magazine.

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    Italian feels like the right fit, she tells me.

    “I did a stage at an osteria in Modena, Italy, and a chef there connected me with pasta-making. I spent three months at a fresh pasta shop with 10 little old ladies where we showed up at 3:30 a.m. and made tortellini for tortellini en brodo until noon every day. It was one of the most formative times in my life,” she says.

    Closings: Gordon Wilcox will close the South End branch of the Parish Café (493 Massachusetts Ave. at Tremont Street) on Aug. 21 after seven years. A Boylston Street branch remains open for business. George Axiotis, who runs the South End’s Kava Neo-Taverna, “made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” he says. “We were doing OK. Not like Boylston Street. But it was a great run.” He’s eyeing two new locations in the Financial District.

    Kara Baskin

    Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.