Holmes was ready to serve people in a new way

After a more than 15 years in social services, Ricky Holmes was ready to serve people in a new way. Holmes, 50, purchased Abbracci Coffee Bar in June. “I really wanted change and this was perfect timing,” he said. “I'm still serving people, just in a different way now.”

LONG BEACH — After more 15 years in social services, Ricky Holmes was ready to serve people in a new way.

In June, Holmes, 50, became the official owner of Abbracci Coffee Bar, located at 408 Pacific Ave. in Long Beach.

“I called their real estate agent on a Saturday, looked at the books and made an offer on Monday,” said Holmes, who purchased the business from Tony Muller and Bernardo Covarrubias.

“I had no idea I was buying the coffee shop but I always loved it and didn’t want it to close. I really liked the guys (former owners Tony Muller Bernardo Covarrubias) so much that I didn’t want to give up the energy that the café had — I didn’t want to see it close when it was doing so good.”

After a crash course in coffee from the former owners, Holmes held a soft opening in late June and an official grand opening in July.

“It has a little more of an Italian feel when you walk in,” he said. “I have a European-style out of town baker that delivers every morning. We really wanted to specialize and provide a different experience.”

A limited lunch menu will be added in the coming months featuring vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian food.

“I really wanted a change and this was perfect timing,” Holmes said. “I’m still serving people, just in a different way now.”

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