Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merrill & Co. in Boston's South End Closing Again; Akinto to Replace It

A South End restaurant that closed earlier this year only to reopen last month is closing once again--and a local restaurant group that owns the property is opening a new dining spot within the space.

According to multiple sources, Merrill & Co. on Appleton Street is shutting down at the end of this month, and Boston Nightlife Ventures--which owns the building, according to a note from Wink & Nod next door--will be opening a restaurant at the site. 451 Marketing tells us that Akinto will be the dining spot that opens in the Merrill space; Akinto is currently a Southeast Asian-influenced popup within Wink & Nod that is run by Chef Patrick Enage, who will also be behind the brick-and-mortar version when it opens (possibly in the early summer of 2016).

Merrill & Co. first closed in June after being in business for a bit more than a year, with a new spot called Ipswich Custom opening in the space in October; that restaurant shut down last month and Merrill & Co. returned, this time as a "Truck and Mortar" concept that was a collaboration between the Bina Group and Stock Pot Malden.

Boston Nightlife Ventures currently runs such places as Griddler's, The Tap Trailhouse, and Wink & Nod, with three other new spots--Southern Kin Cookhouse and Bar in Somerville's Assembly Row along with Certified Meatball Company and Little Owl Tavern (both of which are in as-of-yet undisclosed locations)--also on the way as well. The website for BNV is at

[Earlier Articles]
Ipswich Custom in Boston's South End Closes; Merrill and Co. Back in Space
Ipswich Custom Opens in Former Merrill and Co. Space in Boston's South End
Merrill and Co. in Boston's South End Is Closing

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