Long Island Music & Culture: Coram has 99 Problems, but OBriens Ain't One
Protest to Re-Open Local Restaurant and Music Venue on Long Island
On Wednesday, March 1st, OBriens Ale House on Rte. 112 in Coram, NY was condemned by the Town of Brookhaven. In a building that used to be home to a Sizzler, OBriens has become home to local music of all kinds. Any night of the week you can walk in and find a special event being held, ranging from the weekly acoustic night every Sunday, to open mic on Wednesday night, and Improv jam on Thursday nights to rock, country, pop, metal, and punk rock concerts featuring local and touring musicians and artists. In addition to being home to many concerts, the restaurant often holds benefits for the community, including for the local fire department, for suicide prevention and birthday parties for many members of the local Long Island Music Scene. To many, OBriens is a place they call home- on and off the stage.
"Every year we get an inspection and if they have any problem you have 30 days to fix. Fire Marshall said he wasn't giving me 30 days and condemned the building," says business owner, Michael LaVigna. There was a violation written up for simple fixes: a missing ceiling tile, outlet without a cover, a light bulb was out in an exit sign, and an expired fire extinguisher.
"All the violation are now costing a $1,000 per violation. But prior to the raid I had my annual inspection 3 weeks ago and none of these violation where given to me," LaVigna states.
On Sunday afternoon from 12-5 pm, local musicians, artists, and patrons of the establishment staged a peaceful protest to let the town of Brookhaven know this establishment is one that they are pushing to stay.
In December, Superstar Beverage on Rte. 112 had been condemned for public safety risks.
The town seems to be moving forward in trying to make Coram safer and trying to remove the homeless from the area. However, is putting a local establishment that brings in the business of many young people and families out of business truly making this town a better place to be?
Planet of Sound Promotions founder Maxwell Peters requested musicians and patrons recall some of their best memories at OBriens to garner support of reopening the business. Here are some of the fond memories many have made with the hope that the business will soon reopen to make many more.
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