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January 30, 2013

L.A.’s Coffee Café celebrates 14th anniversary

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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L.A.'s Coffee Cafe

Tuesday (January 29th) was a day for celebration as L.A.’s Coffee Café in Three Rivers marked its 14th anniversary.

The popular eatery – located at 145 West Michigan Avenue – is owned by Jerry and Leslie Ann Robbins of Three Rivers.

Jerry Robbins of L.A.’s Coffee Cafe (Click on photo to enlarge)

During an early afternoon interview with the River Country Journal, Jerry reflected on the experience of launching and operating the family-owned business and said, “The 24 years means a lot.”  And he added, “The main thing I’d like to convey is ‘thank you’ to Three Rivers.  They made it possible.  This is their 14 years.  They have been highly supportive of us – as a community, as a county.  The people have just been wonderful and we appreciate them so much every time they come in here.”

Jerry said, “I’d also like to thank my wife, Leslie.  This was her baby and she’s been the driving force behind it.  I am very proud of her, I really am.”  (Jerry Robbins audio clip – :28)

Jerry noted the history of the business – how it began in a strip mall location at 1104 West Michigan Avenue, a spot with under 900 square feet where it operated for seven years – and then moved its current quarters in a building near Memory Isle Park, a structure with historical character, more space, and the ability to offer a drive-thru window.  (Jerry Robbins audio clip – :44)

Leslie Ann Robbins (seated, toward center) – the ‘L.A.” of L.A.’s Coffee Cafe – chats with a customer. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Over the years, ‘L.A.’s’ has become a gathering place, something very much in keeping with Leslie’s vision for the café.  Jerry said, “That was her concept to begin with, a place people could just come and feel at home and relax and meet – and that has definitely worked for us.”

One of the dining areas at L.A.’s Coffee Cafe in Three Rivers (Click on photo to enlarge)

Robbins talked about how the menu is “customer driven” with many of the items served coming from suggestions by patrons, how many of the baked goods they serve are baked on site, and the joy he and Leslie have had in working with many young people who have been employed by the business during its history.  And, looking ahead, he said, “We want to continue offering personable service.”


To hear the full interview with Jerry Robbins, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country Journal, click on the following link:  Jerry Robbins interview (9:09 – 8.37 MB)

To visit L.A.’s Coffee Café on Facebook, click here.


  1. Jesica

    This is the sweetest interview! I may be a bit partial since it is my dad! :) A huge “Thanks” to River Country Journal for the write up and interview!!!

  2. You’re very welcome! I enjoyed the conversation and wish all of you well.

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