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Changes at Stereo Garden: Owners aim to offer more private parties, ticketed events and less club scene

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Stereo Garden, the bar, catering hall and music venue on Railroad Ave. in Patchogue, is looking to renovate two kitchen areas to begin serving its own food.

Representatives for Stereo Garden went before the Patchogue Village Planning Board Tuesday night seeking approval for a first-floor kitchen complete with a conventional oven, a grill, a stove and deep fryers. They are also looking to fashion a kitchen preparation area in the basement for catered events.

The Planning Board adjourned the application to seek a referral from the senior building inspector and fire marshal regarding the basement egress and access. Provided the Planning Board receives responses in time, Stereo Garden plans to go before the Planning Board during its next meeting slated for June 22.

In the past, Stereo Garden guests were allowed to purchase food at adjacent restaurant Burgerology and bring it into the bar. Now, owner Carlos Navarro, who purchased Stereo Garden in January 2020, said the business needs to serve its own food for his plans going forward.

“Our model at Stereo now is we’re doing a lot more private events, more banquets, more smaller events,” Navarro said. “We’re trying to stay away from the club side. We’re concentrating on live acts, and that’s going to be our vibe going forward.”

Prior to Navarro’s ownership, Stereo Garden boasted hip-hop artists like Pop Smoke and Fetty Wap and rock tribute groups celebrating various decades and artists.

Going forward, he is focusing on different ticketed events. “We’re just looking to host a little more comedy shows there and more smaller events that’s going to require an appetizer menu.”

While there is no finalized menu yet, Navarro said it will feature “paninis, some salads, some chicken wings, regular bar food, some appetizers.”

The venue already has a full liquor bar, which will continue to carry a handful of wines, a dozen or so beers and a variety of hard seltzers.

While they will be less frequent, people can still expect some music events at the venue. Long Island’s own Dee Snider, former singer of hard rock act Twisted Sister, will be recording a live concert at Stereo Garden on Friday, June 11.

Stereo Garden’s website has a handful of music events on its calendar and no comedy or other sit-down shows currently listed. But Navarro said he plans for acts this fall. “September things really start popping for us.”