There’s a huge new bar and restaurant getting set to open in Patchogue, and one that can fit up to 300 people altogether, indoors and out.
The planned restaurant, called Sneaky Pete’s Patio Bar, is occupying space that’s been carved out from the Stereo Garden music venue at 9 Railroad Avenue in the village.
Stereo Garden owner Gus Berketis teamed with a longtime friend and restaurateur, Nick Pilalis, on the project.
Pilalis last operated Your Mother’s House Kitchen Bar in Garden City Park.
Work began in March to subdivide the building. The restaurant will have a different entrance and will not be accessible from the music venue.
Sneaky Pete’s is currently being decked out with a modern industrial — mostly metal and wood — finish. There will be 20 televisions on the wall, with plenty of room outside in the beer garden and patio.
“That’s our biggest draw right there,” Berketis said of the patio. “So we went from a straight-up music venue to now having a full-time restaurant here, next door.”
Workers are currently painting the new cinderblock walls and sanding and painting all the outdoor tables. The new restaurant is expected to open around Aug. 1.
Hours wise, Sneaky Pete’s will be open in the evenings, as well as weekend days, though official hours of operation have not yet been posted.
Stereo Garden opened in November 2017, with plans all along to carve out space for a restaurant. The music venue, in the meantime, is still fully operational.
“It’s completely different concepts; we had to totally separate and soundproof everything,” Berketis said from the restaurant Thursday. “We’re able to still do the same volume [for shows and club nights] on just the one side, so this really was just wasted space.
“Now it’s going to be a really fun place, with tavern food and great drink specials.”
Check back at GreaterPatchogue for sneak peek photos of Sneaky Pete’s as it gets closer to opening.
Top: Looking inside Sneaky Pete’s from the patio area. (Michael White)