Contemporary comfort food from a pair of Michigan natives is coming to Boca, when Lee Tushman and Scott Niskar open Fork & Knife (99 SE Mizner Blvd., 561/405-6542) on Sunday, Nov. 24, in the space formerly home to Moquila and The Spaniard.

Marrying the casual, accessible, feel-good fare of American cafés and diners with the modern focus on seasonality and a dash of creativity, F&N’s cookery will “put a smile on your face,” as Niskar puts it.

What that means in your mouth are dishes from former Café Chardonnay and Amici chef Herbert Micak like French green bean salad, turkey meatloaf cupcakes, chicken and waffles, and fried apple pie wontons. Of course, there will be burgers and dogs too, Detroit Coney hot dogs grilled and doused with chili and mustard, and 10-ounce beef, chicken, turkey and veggies patties that can be customized to order.

Design, by Fort Lauderdale-based Pamela Manhas, gives the restaurant a modern look with cobalt blue colors and contrasting maple and stainless steel accents. The 6,800-square-foot space also includes a communal table, outdoor eating area, and indoor/outdoor bar with five TVs.