There’s more to running a successful bar or restaurant than great food and drinks; it’s more important than ever to offer your clients that little something extra to keep them coming back.

Tommy Parisi has mastered the art of the little something extra. Known to many as “Tommy 2 Scoops” from his earlier days of running a gelato shop, Tommy’s up-tempo and people-loving personality is perfectly translated into the vibe he creates for his clientele at Brightside Tavern, located in Jersey City, NY.

Tommy purchased the 100-year old building with the vision of turning it into “the place” for all kinds of people. Four years later the building was transformed into the Brightside Tavern, complete with a 70-foot addition that maintains the look of the original brick, an underground kitchen, party rooms with high ceilings, and a large rectangular bar with two oversized TV screens at each end. “It’s kind of Cheers-like,” describes Tommy. “It’s very comfortable.”

From gospel meetings to drag shows, and a menu that satisfies all kinds of cravings, there truly is something for everyone at Brightside Tavern. Tommy prides himself on creating a warm, inviting and friendly experience, “We do a lot of things to make people feel comfortable,” he says, “probably eighty per cent of my guests know me or my staff.”

One of the ways Tommy and his staff create a friendly vibe is by using the screens, music and entertainment system to celebrate and engage with their guests.

For example, if you’re ever visiting the Brightside Tavern, ask them to tell you the story about “Tommy at the Apollo.”

18 years ago Tommy Parisi was a guest on Showtime at the Apollo, where he performed his rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” Since then, Tommy has been affectionately known around Jersey City as “the guy who sang on Showtime at the Apollo.”

Over the years, Tommy’s learned that his guests love hearing the story so much, that he loaded the video footage of his performance into his Control Play music video player—now guests can request the song and he can queue up the video whenever he tells the story to a new visitor.

“It’s become kind of a running joke around here,” laughs Tommy. “The staff hear the song and say, ‘Ahhh not Tommy again!’ The guests love it, they’re in on the joke and they feel right at home.”

Parisi and his staff also love to announce birthdays, special events and recognize customer milestones. “We just had a family come in to celebrate a graduation,” Tommy starts, “we got talking, and then before you know it, they hand me a flash drive and we start showing the graduation photos on one of our TV screens. A lot of people come in for one meal, but feel so at home, they hang out for a while—and often times they end up staying for another course.”

Tommy credits the flexibility and control he has over his music and entertainment as a big reason he’s able to provide a personalized guest experience, “If we have a group come in for an event and then all of sudden they feel like having a dance party, we change up the music and have a dance party,” says Tommy. “I really enjoying seeing people have a good time. I love creating that vibe.”

It’s that homey, friendly, something for everyone type of atmosphere that makes Brightside tavern appeal to a wide range of patrons, from kids to 90 year-olds.

“You know how everyone has their ‘place?’ I love creating that. There’s nothing I love more than hearing that Brightside Tavern is someone’s ‘place.’”

To learn more about the Brightside Tavern, visit brightsidetavern.com

To learn more about Control Play’s music, music video and digital signage services, visit controlplay.com

Andrew Moss

Andrew Moss

Andrew Moss is a Playlist Specialist at Control Play, passionate about helping thousands of bars, restaurants, bowling centers, family entertainment centers and more create the ideal music atmosphere for their business. When not working with business owners looking to create a stellar guest atmosphere, Andrew enjoys sipping a cold Alexander Keith’s and listening to Rolling Stones records. Andrew has previously worked as a radio DJ, music reviewer, and band manager.

Leave a Reply

Bowling Center Playlist
  • RETRO BOWLING PARTY
  • 90S BOWLING PARTY
  • ADRENALINE [13+/18+]
  • OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
  • ENERGY!
  • FEELIN’ GOOD [13+/18+]
  • MILLENIAL THROWBACKS
  • LEAGUE MIX [ALL/13+/18+]
  • COSMIC PARTY [ALL/13+/18+]
  • PATIO
  • ROCK & BOWL
  • COLLEGE BOWLING NIGHT
Christian PACK Playlists
  • CHRISTAIN A/C [ALL]
  • CHRISTIAN ENERGY [ALL]
  • CHRISTIAN HIP-HOP [13+]
  • CHRISTIAN HITS [ALL]
  • CHRISTIAN MIX [ALL]
  • CHRISTIAN MIX [18+]
  • CHRISTIAN ROCK [13+]
DECADES Playlists
  • 1960s MIX
  • 1970s DISCO
  • 1970s MIX
  • 1970s-1990s HITS
  • 1980s MIX
  • 1980s PARTY
  • 1990s MIX
  • 1990s PARTY
  • 2000s MIX
  • 2000s PARTY
  • 2010s MIX
Family PACK Playlists
  • FAMILY MIX [ALL]
  • FAMILY MIX [13+]
  • KIDS MOVIE [ALL]
  • KIDZONE [ALL]
  • KIDZONE BIRTHDAY[ALL]
  • KIDZONE DAYCARE [ALL]
  • TEEN PARTY [13+]
FEC PACK Playlists
  • ADRENALINE [13+/18+]
  • CAFÉ
  • ENERGY! [13+/18+]
  • FEELIN’ GOOD [13+/18+]
  • MILLENIAL THROWBACKS
  • ALL DAY PARTY [ALL/13+/18+]
  • 80s RETRO PARTY
  • 90s PARTY
GAMEDAY PACK PLAYLIST
  • GAMEDAY
  • GAMEDAY-Courtside
  • GAMEDAY-Country
  • GAMEDAY-Retro
  • POST-GAME PARTY
  • TAILGATE
GENRE Playlists
  • A/C
  • A/C HOT
  • A/C URBAN
  • 2K COUNTRY
  • COUNTRY GOLD
  • COUNTRY HITS
  • COUNTRY MIX
  • NEW COUNTRY
  • RED DIRT COUNTRY
  • 1980S-1990S COUNTRY Mix
  • DANCE 90s/00s
  • DANCE CLASSICS
  • DEEP HOUSE
  • EDM
  • LATIN
  • LATIN REGIONAL
  • LATIN URBAN
  • OLDIES
  • BIG BAND
  • HITS CLASSICS
  • HITS
  • MEGA-HITS
  • ONE-HIT WONDERS
  • RHYTHMIC
  • TOP 40 CHART
  • HIP-HOP
  • HIP-HOP 2K
  • HIP-HOP CLASSICS
  • 2K ROCK
  • 70s ROCK
  • 80s HAIRBAND
  • 80s ROCK
  • 90s ROCK
  • ALT 2K
  • ALTERNATIVE
  • CLASSIC ROCK
  • HARD ROCK
  • INDIE
  • INDIE CHILL
  • INDIE MIX
  • ROCK
  • ROCK GOLD
  • TRIPLE-A
  • CLASSIC JAZZ
  • SMOOTH JAZZ
  • R&B
  • R&B CHILL
  • R&B MIX
Jump Parks Playlist
  • ADRENALINE [13+/18+]
  • FAMILY JUMP
  • FEELIN’ GOOD [13+/18+]
  • HIP-HOP JUMP
  • JUMP ENERGY! [13+/18+]
  • JUMP PARTY [13+/18+]
  • MILLENIAL THROWBACKS
  • ROCK SHOW
Restaurant, Bar & Pub Pack Playlist
  • BAR DAY
  • BAR NIGHT
  • CLUB MIX
  • FEELIN’ GOOD [13+/18+]
  • HAPPY HOUR
  • KICKIN’ COUNTRY
  • MUSIC & MIMOSAS
  • ALL DAY PARTY [13+/18+]
  • PATIO
  • PUB MIX
  • PUB ROCK
  • THE CLASSIC RECIPE
  • THE LUNCH CROWD [13+/18+]
  • THE MIX: DAY
  • THE MIX: NIGHT
  • ROCK BAR
Roller Skating Playlists
  • SIP-N-SKATE
  • SK8 ALL-TIME HITS [ALL/13+/18+]
  • SK8 FAMILY NIGHT (3HR] [ALL/13+]
  • SK8 OLD SKOOL
  • 70 DISCO SK8 PARTY
  • 80’S SK8 PARTY
  • 90’S SK8 PARTY
  • ADRENALINE [13+/18+]
  • FAMILY FAST
  • FAMILY SK8 PARTY
  • FEC TOP 100
  • FEELIN’ GOOD [13+/18+]
  • FUNKY & GROOVY SK8 PARTY
  • MILLENIAL THROWBACKS
  • SHUFFLE SK8
  • TINY TOTS SK8 PARTY
  • WEEKEND SK8 PARTY
  • TEEN PARTY SK8
Themed Bar Pack Playlists
  • BEACH BAR
  • BEACH BAR PARTY
  • BLUES JAM
  • BRIT ROCK
  • COCKTAILS & CROONERS
  • LADIES NIGHT
  • PRIDE PARTY
  • SOUL SUNDAY
Themed Playlists
  • CANADA DAY
  • HOLIDAYS
  • HOLIDAYS KIDZONE
  • HOLIDAYS PARTY
  • HOLIDAYS TRADITIONAL
  • CINCO DE MAYO
  • HALLOWEEN
  • 4TH OF JULY
  • MARCH MADNESS MIX
  • MARDI GRAS
  • MOTHER’S DAY
  • OKTOBERFEST
  • PRIDE PARTY
  • ST. PATRICK’S
  • ST. PATRICK’S PARTY
  • CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • SUMMER RETRO SIZZLER
  • SUMMER SIZZLER
  • ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY
  • LOVE CLASSICS
  • VALENTINE’S DAY