Openings: Chef Andy Husbands (Tremont 647) has opened a second branch of his Smoke Shop restaurant. Husbands offers brisket, ribs, mac and cheese, more than 200 American whiskeys, and soft-serve in the 180-seat Fort Point space formerly occupied by Tavern Road (323 Congress St. at Sleeper Street). Pitmaster Husbands opened the original Smoke Shop in Kendall Square last year. Husbands is a ’cue expert: He has also run a competitive barbecue team, IQUE BBQ, which has won the Jack Daniel’s world championships, and he co-authored the “Wicked Good Barbecue” cookbook.
Top Mix Bar & Kitchen has opened in Roxbury (257 Norfolk Ave. at Burrell Street). Enjoy chicken and waffles, sweet plantain ravioli, and fried pork belly alongside martinis, margaritas, and extra-large cocktails for two.
The Popover Lady — also known as Melrose-based Naomi Cannistraci — has set up a stall inside the Boston Public Market (100 Hanover St. at Congress Street), peddling an assortment of savory popovers in unusual flavors, like Asiago cheese and toasted onion, plus scones and fruit pies.
Coming Soon: Rebecca Arnold and James DiSabatino will open two new locations of Allston-based Whole Heart Provisions next year — one in Central Square (298 Massachusetts Ave. at Blanche Street) and one at Harvard University’s Smith Center (1350 Massachusetts Ave.). The restaurant specializes in fast, easy, veggie-focused meals. DiSabatino also runs Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (which doesn’t specialize in vegetables but does happen to make a fine rib melt).
Temazcal Tequila Cantina opens at Dedham’s Legacy Place in the coming weeks (660 Legacy Place). It’s the south-of-the-border chain’s first location south of Boston (there are other branches in Boston, Burlington, and Lynnfield).Kara Baskin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.