Ruby K's celebrates milestone

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By Carol A. Clark

Offer bagels and they will come. That premise has panned out nicely as the owners of the town’s only bagel cafe prepare to celebrate five years in business Friday.

“It’s kind of hard to believe five years have gone by since Kelly Parker and I opened Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe,” Ruby Alexander said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “It really wouldn’t have been possible without all the support Los Alamos has given us. We filled a niche but at the same time the support has been phenomenal.”

Open everyday for breakfast and lunch, Ruby K’s is a cafe, coffee shop and gathering space serving bagels, pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and soups and salads.

The restaurant’s concept actually started over what Alexander and Parker jokingly describe as a “little pity-party” they shared about the lack of “cool” places to hang out and eat in Los Alamos.

“After the whining, we came to the realization that if we wanted change in our town, we would have to make it happen,” Alexander said.

Fourteen months later, after jumping over what they call “some pretty crazy hurdles” Ruby K’s was born.

“Although the initial pain is forgotten, we continue to ride the roller coaster that comes with owning a small business,” she said.

Homemade bagels and cream cheese, artisan sandwiches, trademark soups and salads, fruit smoothies and warm cookies and assorted pastries have kept customers loyal for half a decade.

The co-owners expressed their appreciation to the community for supporting them all these years. They give back, too, by sharing their excess food with regional shelters and food banks and supporting local charities and organizations with contributions of gift cards, food and funds.

“We would not have gotten here without our community’s support. We want to invite everyone to come by this weekend and share in our celebration,” Alexander said.

Ruby K’s is located at 1789 Central Ave. Celebration activities take place at the restaurant Friday, Saturday and Sunday with balloons and gift card give aways. Face painting and balloon animals for the kids are set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.