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Swingbellys BBQ born again in Long Beach
Swingbellys is back in the swing again. The Long Beach BBQ restaurant, wiped out by superstorm Sandy, is now up and smoking.
Owner Sean Sullivan has taken over the smoker, since previous pitmaster Dan Monteforte has moved on to other pursuits. Sullivan said the recipes and techniques are the same as ever and that the rest of the crew has returned.
The restaurant is using an abridged menu, which is slowly growing. You'll find such platters as pulled pork ($12), St. Louis ribs ($14 half slab; $24 full slab) and half smoked chicken ($12). You can also get a brisket or pulled pork sandwich ($10).
The place also sports a new look: No more steps; everything is now on one level, with the bar taking up the entire left side of the restaurant, tables on the right. Sidewalk dining is once more an option.
Right now, Swingbellys serves dinner only, starting at 4 p.m., but this may change in June.
Swingbellys Beachside BBQ is at 909 W. Beech St., Long Beach, 516-431-3464, facebook.com/swingbellysbbq.