A former resident of a culinary incubator that secured a permanent space next door to its first home is aiming for an early 2017 opening. Akinto, a Southeast Asian-inspired concept, is the work of chef Patrick Enage, who spent six months in residence at Wink & Nod before landing the adjacent space at 1 Appleton St. Akinto’s buildout will begin soon, now that plans for the restaurant have been solidified.
Akinto worked with Morris Nathanson Design on the buildout plans. Once completed, the restaurant will seat 148 inside with an additional 32 patio seats. Akinto is taking over the space from the now-closed Merrill & Co., and Enage is working with Boston Nightlife Ventures (Wink & Nod, Southern Kin Cookhouse, The Tap Trailhouse, and more) to open the restaurant. Earlier this year, Enage spent time traveling through Southeast Asia, documenting the trip for Akinto fans on Facebook.