Video posted on April 11, 2016 at 6:00 am CST

For David Cooley, if it wasn’t for taking a risk on a coffee shop, he wouldn’t be running one of the most well known restaurants in the world.

David moved to Los Angeles, as he was experiencing being gay for the first time, because West Hollywood was known as a safe place to be out. David moved to Los Angeles because West Hollywood was known as a safe place to be out, and he was experiencing being gay for the first time.

However, most gay-friendly bars still had entrances in the alley and weren’t open spaces. After a little success in banking, David took a risk and opened up a coffee shop in West Hollywood, making sure it was an open and welcoming environment. He never looked back, and now The Abbey has expanded four times and is one of the most recognized establishments in the country.

“When you’re looking around The Abbey and you have 1200 people in there, and no one is asking if you’re gay or straight, it doesn’t matter anymore,” David said.

David is pursuing his American dream by creating a space where everyone is equal, because he fought to be an equal for so long.