Last week, Birdies Entertainment located at 17-19 North Ocean Avenue, beside the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce office, sought a special permit via the Village of Patchogue Zoning Board to open a gaming room/amusement facility. The building is located in the D-3 Business Zone.
Attorney representing the applicant, Larry Davis, brought the application in front of the board with co-owner Brendan Kost. The building will comprise of six golf simulation “pods” on the second floor and one on the first floor accompanied by a bar. The high-tech system, according to Kost, allows golfers to play and practice as if they were on a golf course or driving range.
“We are a family focused establishment focusing on league lessons,” he said stating that the business will have options for all ages and levels. “If you are a lifelong golfer or never touched a golf club, we have something for you.”
Guests are welcome to bring their own clubs or rent. PGA professionals will also be on hand for lessons and club fittings. There will also be early bird hours for customers interested in hitting balls before work or midday, as well as for senior leagues.
“Golf is the primary focus of the business, the alcohol and food are secondary,” added Larry Davis the attorney representing the applicant also noting that the applicants intend to be mindful of the nearby residents.
The downstairs bar area will not have a restaurant but will feature food and drink. A large screen will also be featured with the ability to project sports games. An outdoor area is also accessible for refreshments and potentially food trucks. The business will be open until midnight or 1 p.m.
The zoning board recommended and approved the request for a multi-use permit rather than special use permit. Ultimately, the board closed the application and awaiting a decision, which is likely to come during the scheduled for the June 1 next meeting.