A culinary incubator in Boston's South End has lined up its next resident. Starting August 1, Wink & Nod will play host to Gita, its next concept-in-residence, from chef Gita Kantrow, who draws her inspiration from contemporary Nepalese cuisine, along with Indian, Tibetan, and Western influences. (She has interned at Trade, Rialto, and Journeyman.)
Kantrow will take the reins from current chef Brendan Pelley, who debuted his Greek concept Pelekasis at the 3 Appleton St. restaurant back in January. Pelekasis will remain at Wink & Nod through July.
Boston Nightlife Ventures oversees the incubator program at Wink & Nod, bringing in a new chef roughly every six months. Kantrow's concept springs from her Nepali origins, and she plans to incorporate a number of other influences into her menu.
Wink & Nod is known for its well-rounded cocktail program and for hosting a number of restaurant concepts that have gone on to find permanent spaces, including Akinto and Whisk, both opening soon. Patrick Enage, the chef behind Akinto, will turn his concept into a restaurant within the former Merrill & Co. space next door, and the chefs behind Whisk are getting ready to open their latest venture in Jamaica Plain. Another resident, the Bread & Salt Hospitality team, recently opened Juliet in Somerville's Union Square.