Patchogue Welcomes Its New ‘Village Idiot’

villageidiotOwner John Sarno celebrates the grand opening of his new Main Street sports bar.

(By The Village Idiot Pub held its recently at its location on 8 E. Main St., the former location of the .

Owner John Sarno, 36, is no stranger to Patchogue; his family’s business, , located right next door to the bar, has been a fixture on Main Street for over two decades.

“I embarked on my own endeavor,” Sarno said at the ceremony.

Aside from the shop, Sarno has been working as a bartender for the past 10 years and also was working as a physical education teacher in the Bayport-Blue Point School District before opportunities in that field became scarce. For Sarno, opening the bar was a natural progression as a mixologist and sports enthusiast.

The renovation of the space took three weeks to complete and everything in the bar is new. The pub sells a variety of beers, mixed drinks, malt beverages and non-alcoholic options. There are also 13 high definition TVs that will feature all NFL games and other sporting events.

“This is what Patchogue needs — more activity,” said William Closson.

The kitchen is set to include traditional bar fare such as appetizers, burgers, wings and po’ boys, a nickname for a submarine sandwich which is popular in the south. “People will come here to get a nice drink and meal at affordable prices,” he said.

Pat Caroleo, the building’s property manager, said “I believe with John Sarno as the operator it will be successful. He has a dynamic personality; people are drawn to him. He and the staff he picked will make this business rock. It’s not necessarily what they’re serving; it’s the atmosphere they provide.”

The bar joins several others on Main Street including, and when asked about the bar’s quirky name, quick-witted Sarno replied, “Every village needs an idiot.”

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Members, local business owners and Councilman Tim Mazzei.


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