Java cafe, sports bar all rolled into one
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — In a few months, visitors to Rhine Ordnance Barracks will be able to sip Starbucks lattes and knock back a few cold ones under the same roof.
The Last Drop — planned as a java cafe/sports lounge — is expected to open in early April, centrally located on the barracks commonly called “R-O-B.”
The roughly 3,200-square-foot, modular building will offer Starbucks coffee, wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, multiperson online computer gaming, slot machines, a pool table and more.
“People can come and hang out during the day,” said Steve Pelletier, director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern. “It just won’t be a Starbucks where you come, get your cup of coffee and leave. There will be other things to do in this building as well.”
In the mornings, patrons will be able to grab a cup of coffee or a morning snack. Some light meal options such as salads, sandwiches and possibly soups or chili will be available for the lunch crowd.
“After work as well whenever the java cafe business starts dying down in the afternoon, we’ll have a small bar and grill-type operation where people can stop in and have a panini sandwich and a bottle of Bischoff’s beer or something like that,” Pelletier said.
The idea for the cafe/sports lounge, which has been in the works for about a year, is a partnership between MWR and Army Recreation Machine Program.
Located between Ramstein Air Base and the Air Force’s Vogelweh installation, Rhine Ordnance Barracks is home to the Army’s 29th Support Group and the Deployment Processing Center. The barracks currently has a dining facility and small shoppette.