If things are a little less smokin’ in Rockville Centre at the moment, it’s because The Smokin’ Rib has closed.
A sign posted on the door announces a new place coming soon.
The restaurant, which opened in January, was owned by Michael Delray and his wife, Aracelis, with Ron Drummond as pitmaster and Jennifer Camacho running the kitchen. Its strengths were Texas-style brisket, ribs, corned beef and pastrami.
The Smokin’ Rib is one of a handful of barbecue spots that have opened across Long Island in the past few years, such as Smoke Shack Blues in Port Jefferson, which opened in April.
Those who miss pig-centric décor can look forward to The Pig & Queen, opening soon at 201 Sunrise Hwy. in Rockville Centre, a Southern-inspired restaurant with deviled eggs, meatloaf, overstuffed sandwiches and shrimp and grits on the menu. It will also feature smoked ribs, brisket, pork, sausage and turkey by the slab, ounce or platter.
The Pig & Queen is a sibling to Jam, and The Good Life, both in Massapequa Park, owned by Peter Mangouranes and brothers Paul and Anthony Oliva.