VENTURA, Calif. -- The Vagabond Coffee Shop is closing its doors after 52 years.
The comfort food restaurant has been a meeting place for many Ventura locals.
The Vagabond Coffee Shop occupies the restaurant space in the Vagabond Inn.
The current owner, Jolene McBee, decided to retire instead of signing a new lease on the space.
She has owned the restaurant since 1985.
The company that owns the Vagabond Inn decided to close for renovations and emerge with a new restaurant.
Many of the staff have worked at the Vagabond for decades.
In a letter McBee encouraged her customers to give the new restaurant a try.
The Vagabond will serve its last meal on Jan. 1.
Ventura's Vagabond Coffee Shop closing after 52 years