Gulch's Casablanca sold, to be called Bond Coffee Company

Bond Coffee Company, a Nashville-based family business, has announced its purchase from James Massie of Casablanca Coffee in the Gulch.

Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Massie, who opened Casablanca in Gulch high-rise Icon in mid-2009, has not publicly announced his future plans.

Bond family members, who have resided in the Gulch since 2009, include husband and wife Mel and Kimala, who own the business, and daughter Kathleen, who will serve as store manager. Kathleen Bond previously worked at Gulch natural foods grocery store The Turnip Truck and holds a B.A. degree in entrepreneurship from Belmont University.

The Bonds will close Casablanca for renovation beginning Sunday, March 10. Bond Coffee Company will open its doors in April.

Bond Coffee Company will serve coffees and teas and a variety of handcrafted foods, while also offering an expanded dessert and pastry menu.

“The Gulch is a community,” Kathleen Bond said. “Every neighbor I’ve spoken with has said something like, ‘This is my coffee shop.’ Each of us has features we love about Casablanca, and the Bond family wants to keep those favorites while also improving the Gulch coffee experience.”