Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Smoke Shop BBQ Is Opening at Assembly Row in Somerville

Earlier this month, we reported that a popular BBQ restaurant in Cambridge was getting ready to open at least one new location in the Boston area. Now we have learned where one of them might be.

According to a poster on the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page, The Smoke Shop BBQ appears to be on its way to Assembly Row in Somerville, with a page on the Federal Realty Investment Trust website including the dining spot in a list of tenants either currently open or on their way to the development. Earlier information that we had received indicated that a new location of the barbecue spot would be coming to a space in Boston that we are still holding off on naming until it is made official, so it is possible that the Assembly Row outlet will be one of at least three Smoke Shop locations in the Boston area. [Ed note--the location coming to Boston has opened in the former Tavern Road space in Fort Point.]

Chef and restaurateur Andy Husbands first opened The Smoke Shop in Kendall Square in June of 2016, joining Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in Boston's South End, which he also operates.

The website for The Smoke Shop can be found at http://www.thesmokeshopbbq.com/

[September 18 update: Boston Magazine says that The Smoke Shop will indeed be opening at Assembly Row, with the restaurant planning to open in the spring of 2018.]

[February 14, 2018 update: While there has been some chatter as to whether The Smoke Shop would definitely be opening at Assembly Row, a press release sent today confirms that it will be happening for sure, though no specific date has been given as of yet.]

[June 11, 2018 update: A Facebook post from Mark Christian McMann states that The Smoke Shop plans to open at Assembly Row in the next few weeks and that McMann will be the part of the team there, telling us that he's heading up the kitchen. (McMann has been involved in such places as Moona, The Little Pig & Potato Pickling Company, Shepard, Ashmont Grill, Bergamot, and Bistro du Midi.)]

[June 28, 2018 update: According to two sources, The Smoke Shop appears to be on the verge of opening at Assembly Row, with the place possibly doing at least a soft opening as early as this weekend, though no specific date has been given as of yet.]

[July 1, 2018 update: A message from Andy Husbands tells us that The Smoke Shop opened its new location at Assembly Row today.]

[Earlier Article]
Smoke Shop BBQ in Cambridge's Kendall Square to Open Second Location; More on the Way

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]