Patchogue’s new Stereo Garden, the spot for modern weddings and events


This is not your mother’s Stereo Garden.

In fact, the new owners of the former nightclub in Patchogue want it to be more like your grandmother’s Stereo Garden.

“Back in the day, before it was a club, this place was a banquet hall, a gathering space for the community, a place to make memories,” said Paola Navarro, who along with her husband, Carlos, signed a 30-year lease for the huge building at 9 Railroad Ave.

They got to work on renovations immediately after getting the keys in October of 2019, then the pandemic halted all their operations for almost 16 months.

Now, they’re open and back in full swing, and are looking to fill the calendar with weddings, Sweet 16’s, quinceañeras and corporate events.

Ideally, they say, every weekend will be booked for special events in Patchogue.

“This is no longer a club,” Paola said. “We don’t want it as a club.”

They want it for you. 

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The new space

For those who remember the old Stereo Garden or, before that, The Emporium, gone is the strictly black and red, NYC-nightclub feel.

The place has all new lighting, floors and walls, all highlighted by 27 chandeliers imported from Europe.

“We completely re-did the ballroom area for banquets,” Carlos said. “The bar was moved back 30 feet, with a newly refinished, massive dance floor.”

For weddings and special events, all lighting, linens, florals and catering menus are handled in-house.

And for those who remember, the old VIP banquets overlooking the dance floor are still there. As is the stage.

And the Navarros love that about the space.

“The banquets are still there and the stage if you wanted to book a big band for your special event,” Paola said. “We think they give the building character and personality.

“We still wanted to retain that concert hall feel for our backdrop. And we wanted to be different, to make a statement that if someone wants something unique, come to us. This is not a cookie-cutter catering hall.”

That was the idea all along.

The Stereo Garden owners
The Stereo Garden owners

A dream come true

Paola is an immigrant from Colombia. Carlos is of Italian and Argentinian decent. He’s also a proud alumnus of La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale.

They’ve been married for 27 years and have worked together in the catering and events business for 25 of those years.

Taking over Stereo Garden is the culmination of their American Dream.

“We’ve been in the events industry for years, and it wasn’t the easiest road for us,” Paola said. “Our dream was always to take over a venue for ourselves, a building that was large enough (Stereo Garden can hold 1,000 people) so we would no longer depend on backyard events and outside venues and things of that nature.”

The two Long Islanders searched across Suffolk County for the perfect spot.

One thing they knew is they didn’t want their place to be like other catering halls on the island, and they weren’t interested in spaces along highways or strip malls.

Downtown Patchogue is proving to be the perfect place.

“Patchogue is trending, it’s a youth movement, and for young people looking for a modern, off-beat wedding this is the perfect backdrop to make your own,” Paola said.

“And we plan to show the community we’re in this for the long-term; we have 27 years left on our lease,” she added.

“We want to do people’s weddings, then their kids Sweet 16’s.”

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