A graduate of the PMHS Class of 1989, Scottie Campbell is a lifelong Patchogue resident who has not only achieved great business success, but has worked just as hard to give back to the community in ways and means that are literally too numerous to mention. His popular restaurants have hosted hundreds of fundraisers, fed and feted families in need, all while bringing new life and energy to his hometown. He’s been a mentor to countless young people aspiring to business careers, coached youth-league basketball teams, and stands as one of the great role models to many who have passed through the Patchogue-Medford schools.
Scottie grew up as one of eight children in the family of the legendary Pat-Med teacher and coach Don Campbell, attending River Elementary, Saxton Middle School and played on a championship PMHS basketball team. Still in his 20s, he and some partners (including fellow PMHOF inductee Mark Miller) built the first in an increasingly popular string of dining and gathering spots in the Patchogue community. As if answering a calling from the land of Campbell’s ancestors, the place was named Dublin Down. Soon there was also Dublin Up, Dublin Over, Planet Dublin and Dublin Deck. Not only have these establishments served and entertained thousands, but they have also raised millions for charity organizations such as the Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Foundation and many others.
In 2001, Campbell and his partners bought an old restaurant on the Patchogue River and brought it back to life as Harbor Crab, a full-service family restaurant that catalyzed a much-needed revitalization in a neglected Old Patchogue locale. A few years later Campbell helped spark another renewal when he persuaded a friend to partner in opening an upscale American fare restaurant in the heart of downtown Patchogue. PeraBell was a such a hit that it quickly drew new excitement and energy to help transform a mostly quiet village into one of the hottest spots on Long Island. PeraBell became a key sponsor of events like Midnight on Main and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop; each Christmas Eve it would open its doors to more than 500 families in need, feeding them and supplying children with holiday gifts.
When the COVID pandemic hit in 2020, Scottie and his fellow restaurateurs joined forces to feed doctors, nurses and front-line workers so they could stay strong when they were needed most. The pandemic was especially difficult for the seniors of PMHS Class of 2021, who missed out on so much of their most important school year. Much sadness was turned to unbridled joy when a committee of school, civic and business leaders, including Campbell, came to the rescue by throwing a never-to-be-forgotten party, “Senior Prom On Main Street,” with downtown Patchogue converted into a giant open-air ballroom complete with red carpet, stage, dance floor and dining tables. PeraBell and other restaurants and shops supplied the food and ambiance, and the special night for the Class of ’21 drew national press coverage.
Among his many service activities, Campbell has been a member of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, the Patchogue River Boat Committee and the DO-DADS CLUB; an organizer of Alive After Five, a coach and fundraiser for the Rocketmen AAU basketball team, and more. Scotty and his wife Marissa live in Patchogue with their sons Scottie and Tully.