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SmorgasBar won't return to Jones Beach this summer

SmorgasBar, an offshoot of the Brooklyn food market,

SmorgasBar, an offshoot of the Brooklyn food market, serves a variety of artisanal fare at Jones Beach in Wantagh. Credit: Aaron Zebrook

After a season in the gastronomic sun, the food at Jones Beach is back to business as usual. Last year's SmorgasBar -- the popular waterside outpost of Smorgasburg, Brooklyn's open-air weekend food market -- is not returning: No more wood-fired pizza, fresh-shucked oysters, artisanal nachos or local craft beer.

According to Eric Demby, a Smorgasburg co-founder, SmorgasBar was a pilot program for a possible contract for all the Jones Beach food and beverage concessions. But, he said, "taking that on was beyond our capacity."

Randy Simons, a spokesman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, said part of the Jones Beach revitalization effort "will focus on the expansion of food and beverage as a focal point in the transformation of the park."

The SmorgasBar tent and seating area across from the Central Mall provided an alternative to the parkas adjacent main food concession pavilion. For 2015, that pavilion will be run by the same concessionaire as last year: J&B Restaurant Partners of Top Flight Foods LLC.

J&B will expand its Jones Beach menu this year. In addition to hot dogs, hamburgers and fish and chips, it will include such new items as lobster rolls, $14.50; fish tacos, 2 for $9.75; build-your-own burrito, $9.50.

Food service at the Central Mall (near Field 4) is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours will extend -- and concessions will open at the other fields -- by June 27.

Correction:  An earlier version of this story misidentified the company running the concession and some of its prices.

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