Dan Welsch, of Patchogue, is one of five co-owners of the with Angelo Galeotafiore, Steve Antonacci, Dan Mosko and Will Howard. The venue opened on April 6 at 89 North Ocean Avenue after an extensive renovation of the interior of the building.
Patch: Describe what your business is?
Welsch: 89 North Music Venue is a world class performance venue for all types of musical acts. It features a large dance floor, a raised reserved seating area, a fully stocked 40 ft bar, and an outside deck and patio.
Patch: Where are you from and what is your personal/professional background?
Welsch: I have lived in Patchogue since 1984. Grew up in Westchester. I own a local Patchogue business called Suffolk Recording Studios. I also own Suffolk A/V, a full service A/V sales and installation company. My partner Angelo Galatafiore owns at 75 E. Main St. plus we have three other partners.
Patch: Why did you decide to open your business in Patchogue?
Welsch: We hope to serve the people of Long Island and Patchogue in particular for a long time by providing a clean, friendly venue in which to enjoy many different types of live performances.
Patch: What types of shows and audiences are you looking into?
Welsch: We do Rock, Blues, Folk, Dance, Metal, Children's, etc. Pretty much any type of live performance including celebrity DJ's.
Patch: What is your favorite and least favorite aspect of running your business?
Welsch: My favorite part of the business is seeing our patrons respond enthusiastically to a performer or band that is really hitting all the right notes on stage, a performance that is lighting up the room. My least favorite part is going home so late at night.
Patch: What specific challenges do you face with running your business and making it work in today's economy?
Welsch: There are many challenges to this type of business. The high cost of insurance and utilities and property taxes. The competition for the publics entertainment dollars, especially in the summer.
Patch: How can people reach you?
Welsch: We can be reached at 631-730-8992. Also at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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