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An Interview w/ Menton's GM; Nix's Mate Opens in the Hilton

Now the weekly word from our trencherman cousin Eater Boston, who says, 'Try the veal!'

JPA sleek new restaurant and bar dubbed Tonic opens on Washington Street tomorrow, serving fusion-accented American fare made in part with the local bounty. This will be Clio alum Ryan Kelly's debut as an executive chef. On the menu: parsnip chowder with "candy" bacon, tempura clams, caramelized shallots and chervil.

FORT POINT—The latest installment of Eater interview series The Gatekeepers features the general manager of Barbara Lynch's Menton, which recently became the only restaurant in Boston to earn the exclusive Relais & Châteaux status. He reports that the same people come in for both business and pleasure, but act totally different depending on the night.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT—Feast your eyes on the handsome, quasi-rustic space that is the brand spankin' new restaurant Nix's Mate, which opens today in the downtown Hilton, replacing its predecessor, Caliterra. The restaurant takes its name from one of the harbor islands, said to be cursed by a pirate.

HARVARD SQUARE—Earlier this week the Grafton Group trotted out its fourth Harvard-area restaurant: Park, whose menu takes a page from its nearby sibling, Russell House Tavern. Yes, people have pointed out the irony that a restaurant in Harvard Square is called "Park."