Jolly Roger owner Carol Ann Angelos honored for decades of service to Outer Banks community

Published 11:50 am Monday, December 26, 2022

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Carol Ann Angelos – the longtime owner of the Jolly Roger Restaurant on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills – was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her four decades of service to the Outer Banks community during the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held earlier this month.

Shortly after relocating from Pennsylvania to the Outer Banks, Angelos took over ownership of the Jolly Roger, which had originally opened back in 1972 but was closed at the time of her arrival in Dare County.

“Having been converted from a gas station and grocery store to a restaurant in 1972, the Jolly Roger is the oldest Italian restaurant on the beach,” said Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard as he recognized Angelos with a presentation that took place during the chairman’s remarks portion of the meeting. “The restaurant had two owners prior to Carol Ann – who had no previous restaurant experience when she purchased the business – yet she has continued its legacy on the Outer Banks for 40 years and made quite a name for herself and her business in the process.”

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Woodard highlighted the fact that Angelos’ restaurant is well-known and much appreciated by the Outer Banks community for many things, including its “eclectic decor” – the majority of which has been donated to Angelos over the years – its affordable breakfast, offering Christmas Day dinners when the majority of other restaurants on the beach are closed for the holiday and for being the go-to spot on the Outer Banks for karaoke.

“From families with young children to who are looking for a one-of-a-kind place to enjoy an affordable meal after a day at the beach, to seniors who want to start their day with a cup of coffee and a quality breakfast, to young adults looking to spend the night out singing and dancing with their friends while enjoying a drink or two, the Jolly Roger truly has something to offer everyone on the Outer Banks,” said Woodard. “And that is all because of Carol Ann Angelos and her hard work and dedication to sustaining her iconic business and making it a must-visit destination that provides an unforgettable experience.”

In addition to praising Angelos for her success in the local restaurant industry over the past four decades – and expressing gratitude for the way she has ensured that residents, visitors and property owners always have somewhere to get a good meal and enjoy food, fellowship and entertainment 365 days of the year – Angelos’ dedication to the people of Dare County community was also acknowledged.

“Carol Ann, [this is] very well deserved – not only for your commitment not only to the business aspect of the Jolly Roger, but I’d also like to commend you for being a good steward and a good citizen of Dare County and helping out anyone that’s in need,” said Dare County commissioner Steve House. “I’ve seen that so many times from you and your restaurant, so thank you so much.”

As he concluded his presentation and presented Angelo with her certificate, Woodard commented, “At this time I’d like to honor Carol Ann by awarding her this Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of myself and the entire Dare County Board of Commissioners … Thank you, Carol Ann, for running this incredibly unique and beloved business on the Outer Banks. We all hope it’s up and running for residents and visitors for another 40 years!”