Things are ‘Smoking’ in the Kent restaurant scene

Andy Hayes and Elizabeth Owens offer updated Southern favorites and barbecue at their new restaurant, Smoked. Photo by Asher Pavel

KENT— What do you get when you mix a pastry and dessert chef from Poughkeepsie N.Y., with a Nashville, Tenn.,-born self-described restaurant lifer who loves southern cooking?

You get Smoked, the newest establishment in the active Kent restaurant scene.

Chef Andy Hayes and his wife, Beth Owens, opened Smoked in May of this year and already “have developed a pretty good following,” Hayes said. “We have many regulars, diners who keep coming back.”

Hayes and Owens met four years ago when they were both working at Gramercy Tavern in New York City. They’ve been married for two years.

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