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The VIP Room catering space is getting ready to pull back its curtains in Patchogue.
But the drapery will be closed right up again for all the private events owner John Sarno of Silver Lining Restaurant Group will be hosting on Main Street starting this spring.
Nine parties are already booked.
“And that’s just from word of mouth,” said Sarno, whose company operates Chops Steakhouse and Drift 82, both in Patchogue, as well as three Village Idiot Pub locations across Suffolk County.
Work on VIP Room started roughly a year ago in the old Berry Good Yogurt Cafe at 14 East Main Street.
The space is now unrecognizable from the old frozen yogurt spot.
It’s lined with mirrors, brass vintage chandeliers, high ceilings and a massive bar. There’s a bridal suite in the back, along with two huge bathrooms. Check back shortly for more photos.
“It was just a complete gut job from the ceiling on down, all the way out to the back,” Sarno said.
The work also included new plumbing, fire suppression units and a larger rear exit.
Since VIP Room is immediately adjacent to the Village Idiot Pub, which opened in 2010 and had been operating out of a small kitchen, the new business allowed for 1/3 expansion of the existing kitchen at the Village Idiot.
Sarno said that will also help with efficiencies at the restaurant.
“I’ve had a small kitchen for 13 years,” he said.
He’s also partnered with longtime friend Paul Rozsa of PCR Audio Visual Solutions, Inc., who oversaw the installation of all the A/V, including DJ lighting, as the spot can play host to DJ’s and live music. There’s also a 120-inch screen projector and two televisions.
The food will all be prepared in the VIP shared kitchen, with silver, gold and platinum packages available for parties. Platinum packages might include seafood towers, steaks and more higher-end fare, Sarno said.
“The Village Idiot [food] is our foundation but we’ll be going above and beyond,” he said.
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Photos by Michael White