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

It’s not your mother’s Stereo Garden.

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

“Back then, before it was a club, this place was a banquet hall, a gathering space for the community, a place to create memories,” said Paola Navarro, who together with her husband, Carlos, signed a 30-year contract. lease for the huge building at 9 Railroad Avenue.

They started working on the renovations immediately after getting the keys in October 2019, then the pandemic halted all their operations for nearly 16 months.

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

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

“It’s not a club anymore,” Paola said. “We don’t want that 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, the strictly black and red vibe of New York nightclubs is over.

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

“We completely redid the ballroom for the banquets,” Carlos said. “The bar has been set back 30 feet, with a massive newly renovated dance floor.”

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

And for those who remember, the old VIP banquets overlooking the dance floor are still there. Just like the scene.

And the Navarros love that about space.

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

“We still wanted to keep that concert hall feel for our backdrop. And we wanted to be different, to say that if anyone wants something unique, come see us. This is not a cookie cutter food hall.

That was the idea from the start.

The owners of Stereo Garden
The owners of Stereo Garden

A dream come true

Paola is a Colombian immigrant. Carlos is of Italian and Argentine descent. He is also a proud alumnus of La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale.

They have been married for 27 years and have worked together in the catering and events industry for 25 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 path for us,” Paola said. “Our dream has always been to take over a venue for ourselves, a building large enough (Stereo Garden can hold 1,000 people) that we are no longer dependent on backyard events and outdoor venues and things of that nature.”

The two Long Islanders searched Suffolk County for the perfect place.

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

Downtown Patchogue turns out to be the perfect place.

“Patchogue is trendy, it’s a youth movement, and for young people looking for a modern, quirky wedding, it’s the perfect backdrop to create your own,” Paola said.

“And we plan to show the community that we’re here for the long haul; we have 27 years left on our lease,” she added.

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

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