Us Elliotborough residents are livin’ the dream. We can plan weddings, eat family style Italian, get a killer cupcake, and soak up local artwork all by taking a quick stroll out of our front door. Need a glass of wine to wash all that neighborhood goodness down? We can do that, too, thanks to the latest addition to the ‘hood: Elliotborough Mini Bar.
Owner Anna Faenza said she’s always had a sweet spot for the food and bev industry. “I’ve always loved the idea of a local hangout…a neighborhood bar,” she smiles. So when the locale came for sale, the MUSC grad and former Speech Pathologist made some changes and is pleased to call the intimate Percy Street space her own.
With the help of friend and managing partner, Mike Schmitt, the two have refashioned the cozy spot a bit since Enoteca left. They’ve added lights on the windows, a rustic chalkboard that serves as a menu, and they’re working on gathering local artwork to fill up the wood paneled walls.
Oh, and then there’s that menu. Look for small plates like Mini Croissants with Country Ham & Pimiento Cheese (only $4), Sweet and Salty Parmesan Popcorn with Bacon and Chives (a customer favorite), and Olives Vinaigrette with Almonds, to name a few. As for libations, guests can choose from a variety of beer (try the Point Toasted Lager which Mike Schmitt refers to as “the king of PBRs”) and wine (the Gougenheim Malbec is a real crowd pleaser).
As for future plans? We hear coffee and pastries are in the works. Plus, Anna is partnering up with her friends at Xiao Bao Biscuit for a private dinner on August 26th, so stay tuned. Until then, grab some friends and plan on making the mosey over to the neighborhood spot.
Guess good things really do come in small packages.
Elliotborough Mini Bar
18 Percy Street, downtown
Open Monday-Thursday, 5pm-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5pm-11pm, Closed Sunday
Story by: Evans Craddock
Photos by: Karson Photography