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Fox & The Knife opens soon; and The Table is set

ICA director Jill Medvedow and chef Karen Akunowicz (right) during the Uncorked 11 annual fundraiser held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2017. Akunowicz is slated to open Fox & The Knife on Feb. 2.Globe file photo

Coming Soon: James Beard award-winner Karen Akunowicz (Myers + Chang) is slated to open South Boston’s Fox & the Knife (28 W. Broadway at Dorchester Avenue) on Feb. 2. The 80-seat Italian restaurant spotlights dishes that she created while working in Italy as a chef and pasta-maker at L’Avian Blu Enoteca in Modena, Italy. Drinks focus on aperitifs, Amaro, and spritzers — with plenty of wines from female winemakers.

Openings: Jen Royle has opened The Table in the North End (445 Hanover St. at Battery Street), a 36-seat, family-style restaurant serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch starts Feb. 3.

“I really wanted to bring something new to the neighborhood, and growing up in an Italian family, we always ate family-style. I love the idea of breaking bread with potential strangers. And it’s been such a pleasure watching people leave with new friends,” says Royle, a former finalist on ABC’s “The Taste” — and, before that, a sports reporter for WEEI.

One table seats 22; the other seats 14. Get to know your neighbors over a seven-course set menu that includes shrimp scampi, charred octopus salad, short-rib Bolognese, eggplant terrine parmesan, and ricotta zeppola.


Tanam will open on Jan. 30 at Bow Market (1 Bow Market Way), the latest from Filipino-American pop-up Pamangan. They’ll serve ticketed meals at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and late-night cocktails and snacks beginning at
10 p.m.

Blake’s Bar + Kitchen, an English pub, has softly opened in the West End (276 Friend St. at Causeway Street). Enjoy breakfast (lobster Benedict, egg-and-cheese sandwiches) and dinner (lobster rolls, a traditional New England clam bake), plus customized house beer from Cambridge Brewing Co.

Closings: Somerville’s two-year-old Manoa Poke Shop (300 Beacon St. at Eustis Street) has closed, says co-owner Josiah Bonsey. The small restaurant served Hawaiian style raw-fish salad. Bonsey ran the spot with his brother, Sam; the pair grew up in Honolulu and wanted to open a space that reminded them of the casual fish pit-stops of their childhood.


“The simplest explanation is that we just couldn’t do enough sales in our location to really make us confident in long-term viability,” Bonsey says.

Brunches: Trillium Fort Point
(50 Thomson Place at Seaport Boulevard) is now open for Sunday brunch, with beery twists. Try a “grain out” parfait topped with dehydrated spent grains from the brewery and flaked oats from the Plimouth Grist Mill, or a Liège waffle, made with fermented, brioche-like dough. Wash everything back with Trillium brand coffee and nutty cold brew, made in partnership with Barrington Coffee Roasters. Dine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.