Bethany Caswell staffs the new Mini Bar in town. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Observer staff report

A little bit of Europe opened recently in the annex of the Ocracoke Coffee Company on Back Road.

“This is so European of you,” said islander Joseph Ramunni, who attended the grand opening of the Mini Bar June 16. 

Housed in the former Pickled Pirate, the Mini Bar offers wine, beer and espresso from 4 to 8 p.m. daily, said proprietor Justin LeBlanc, whose wife, Joelle, owns the adjacent coffee shop.

“We lost three bars after Dorian,” LeBlanc said.

Those were Gaffer’s (which is now The Breeze nightclub), the Ocracoke Bar & Grille and the Jolly Roger.

Staffed by Bethany Caswell, patrons can sit inside at the small bar or at the only table, or of course, take their drinks outside on the coffee shop’s expansive deck and yard.

The retro lighting and the deco posters covering the walls give the small space a bistro feel.

“This is so amazing,” Ramunni said as he sipped an espresso. “It’s like your own little place.”

Justin LeBlanc inside his Mini Bar. Photo: C. Leinbach