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.”