The Joint (701 Mazant St., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com) has relocated to a new address four blocks from its original Poland Avenue location.
"We're really focused to keep the same feel of the place, because everyone hates it when their favorite place moves and it changes," says Jenny Breen, who owns the Joint with her husband Pete Breen.
The couple opened the Joint in 2004, taking over the address that was previously occupied by Palmer's Jamaican Restaurant. The humble, low-slung, cinderblock building actually inspired the name the Breens chose for their restaurant.
The new restaurant has a much larger kitchen and more storage space, which the owners say they need to keep up with their expanded catering and festivals work. The dining room also is bigger, and the newly renovated Bywater building features a great deal of original and re-purposed woodwork.
"When we were working on it, we stripped the place down and it looked so pretty we just decided to go with it like this," Breen says.
There's a bar in the works for the new Joint, though with its liquor license still pending the restaurant is BYOB for now. The new bar itself is made of pecan, which not coincidentally is the wood the Joint uses in its smoker. That smoker, a giant, custom-built contraption, also made the trip to Mazant Street.
"We'll keep the menu the same to start and once we get settled in we want to add some things to it, like cornbread and more fresh sides," Breen says.
Seasonal pies could be on the way too, she adds. But fans of the Joint's current desserts should be reassured that the peanut butter pie is always in season.
The Joint serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.