The discussion was about the noise and the smell specifically (but it's been over a year ago now), but I can tell you what he said at the time.
At the time the owner (who also owns Bakeway) didn't want to piss anyone off (in the back, anyway) with any noise. They planted very tall bamboo in the back and put up a giant fence as noise-muffling things. He intended to be respectful of the neighbors with those measures. Some people were annoyed that the high fence was blocking their view and he promised to cut it down. The vision was sort of a beer garden/lounge/restaurant putside and a full-on restaurant in front.
He didn't say anything at the time about music blasting out of the front; I've walked by and heard it too though.
He was also planning do the meat-smoking at Bakeway (recent construction in the Strand space seems to indicate that this is not the current plan, but I don't actually know, I don't work in the industry and am not sure what to look for). He assured us that he would have "lazy man BBQ" smokers and no one would ever smell it.
FWIW, the kitchen at the Broadway Bakeway is impeccably clean and while I don't think running back and forth in the backyard between establishments with food is a good idea, I also don't think this will happen now.
I don't know but I'm not that worried. I am kind of deaf and I have a terrible sense of smell. Not to say that makes anything he does OK! I just don't think it will affect my life or most other peoples'.