More restaurants/bars? Despite Patchogue’s nearly recent and largely recognized revitalization, it’s something you have certainly heard time and time again if you live in the area.
However, when the Long Island Advance asked the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce what the actual numbers were of retailers versus restaurants, executive director David Kennedy said an official count hadn’t been conducted in a few years.
And so the Advance accompanied Kennedy on an official 2020 Main Street business count, from River Avenue to Route 112, down North and South Ocean Avenues and behind Main on Terry and Oak Streets. It took over an hour, but the following data was collected:
Ellie J and Co., O’Neill’s Sales Exchange, Blum’s, Colony Shop, The Paper Doll Curiosity Shoppe, Amazing Olive, Gold Palace, Dream Jewelers, Fame and Rebel, religious store, Energy Bar, Bargain Bilge, Say More Boutique, Thread, Tranquility Within, Island Kitchen & Baths, Island Kava, party supplies, Avenue Sound, Sensationally Sweet, Sherwin-Williams, Burlington, Family Dollar, David’s Shoe Emporium, Stanley’s Furniture, Jeans N More, City Swag, Budget Buy and Sell, dollar store, Family Melody, Richard York, Ronny’s Jewelry, Record Stop, CBD and a liquor store.
Official retail count: 35 storefronts.
Sneaky Pete’s, Donatina’s Neapolitan Pizza Café, Del Fiore Pizza, Tap Room, Perabell, Public House, Blue Point Brewing Co., Rhum, Gallo, Cajun Claws, Reese’s 1900, Hoshi Sushi, Del Fuego, The Cuban, Locale, Virgola, BrickHouse, Kabul Halal, Country Kitchen, Nacho Papi, Clifton, Great South Bar, Fulton’s Gate, NOLE Café, Chicken Place, Toast, Swell Taco, Village Idiot, 360 Taiko Sushi, James Joyce, Bird and Bao, Duke’s, Dragon Palace, Daisy’s, Gino’s Pizza, Indigo, Flo’s, That Meetball Place, Bobbique, Catch, I Heart Mac & Cheese, Local Burger, Buttermilk’s Kitchen and the Patchogue Beer Project.
Total restaurant/bar count: 44 (about half serve as bars)
Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, Roast, Bean, about five delis, The Hometown Bake Shop, Mademoiselle Patisserie, Cheese Patch, Smallcakes, Carvel, Familia Bakery, Kilwins, Domino’s, Best Meal Chinese, the Hero Joint, Berry Good, Ralph’s, Karl Ehmer’s, The Energy Bar and Del Fiore’s Pork Store.
Total food service count: 25
BNB National Bank, Bravo, Sprint, Peak Jiu Jitsu, barbershops, Fusion, metal shop, car detailing, yoga studio, real estate businesses, YMCA, courthouse, H & R Block, Think Big, Muneca, Patchogue Theatre, 89 North, Carnegie Library, a few hair salons, an eye doctor, three dentists, walk-in medical, United Methodist Church, Congregational Church, Head Start, dog groomer, two banks, office space, Health First, the Float Place, Chase, Roe Agency, a few nail salons, Nationwide, CPA, car detailing and transmission, Latino Express, tailor, acupuncture, Seriously Spoiled, travel agency, State Farm, Platinum Day Spa, Edward Financial, Challenge Escape Room, Boost Mobile, gym, Social Security office, money transfer, attorneys, post office, AT&T, Version, Army recruiting office, phone repair, Laundromat, Medi-Health, fireplace shop, automotive, Plaza Cinema, library, astrology, Arts Amulet, Elks Lodge, temple, Rep. Lee Zeldin’s and Legis. Rob Calarco’s offices, PSA, Fish Bat, Polish Nail and Bar, alterations and a gas station.
Total services count: well over 75 businesses
There are approximately 11 vacancies, though about two are currently being filled.
Almost a 50/50 mix: there are about 35 retail spaces to about 44 restaurants/bars, of which about half serve as bars. There is also a very healthy supply of service businesses, with just about 25 food services.
“It’s really close,” said Kennedy, not surprised by the results. About four years ago, he said, the results were very similar — though, admittedly, retail back then did slightly edge out the restaurants and bars.
“Still, this emphasizes the fact that among our well-known restaurants, we still have a very healthy and strong retail base here in our downtown,” he added. “I am proud that our downtown is so varied and maintain whatever you need or want, you are going to find it in and around downtown Patchogue.”n
*Some stores could arguably “double dip” categories, and that was not reflected.