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Outdooor BBQ Opens for the Summer on Banks of Gowanus Canal

 The temporary barbecue restaurant will be open until Oct. 31, 2015.
Pig Beach Outdoor BBQ Opens on Banks of Gowanus Canal
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GOWANUS — Notoriously smelly Gowanus will have a new scent this summer: ribs, pulled pork and burgers.

Swan Dive, a temporary barbecue spot on the banks of the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, opened last week and will serve BBQ, beer and other comfort food until Oct. 31.

The menu includes baby back ribs, smoked short rib chili, burgers and sweet pickles.

Two award-winning competitive BBQ teams, Salty Rinse and Ribdiculous Bar-B- Krewe, will run the food operation as a team effort known as Pig Beach. Salty Rinse is helmed by Shane McBride, executive chef at Balthazar.

The 10,000 square feet outdoor venue at 480 Union St. has picnic tables, ping-pong and a full bar, co-owner Akiva Reich said in an announcement. He described the al fresco eatery as a "lush and welcoming space, the first waterfront food and beverage destination on the canal."

The space, a former parking lot, can hold up to 157 people, and some neighbors worry that Swan Dive will bring noise and crowds to Gowanus. Reich has insisted that he'll run a "family-friendly" establishment complete with kids programming and weekend community markets.

The Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted waterways in the country and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises that humans avoid touching its toxic water.

Other recent comings and goings on the local restaurant and retail scene include the following:

Artichoke Basille's Pizza is opening in the former Luscious Foods space at 59 Fifth Ave. between Bergen Street and St. Mark's Place, Park Slope Stoop reported.

Carnem, a steakhouse that promises to bring "affordable" steaks to the neighborhood, opened recently at 318 Fifth Ave. The restaurant serves dinner seven days a week and brunch on weekends.

Nuteria, the all Nutella shop at 82 Fifth Ave., closed.