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LA MESA -- Cosmos Coffee Cafe, since 2004 a central gathering place for La Mesans young and old, is changing hands. Patrick Hoz and Paul Johnson, the two local entrepreneurs who quickly turned the shop into a center for coffee, talk and art, are selling the business and moving on to other ventures. "This was always our plan,'' Johnson said this morning. "We'd build it and sell it. It's time to reinvent ourselves again.'' The new owner, San Francisco chef Ari Bejar, was in the shop this morning, meeting with staff and customers and learning the ropes. Bejar, a 46-year-old father of a seven month old child, visited Cosmos and the La Mesa Village and immediately fell in love with the set up. He said he and his wife plan to move to La Mesa from their University City home within the year. "I don't have any plans to change Cosmos on the exterior,'' Bejar said. "I want to keep the great customer service and continue to have it be the emotional heart of the Village. My biggest focus will be to look at the expansion of the menu.'' Bejar, an expert in Mexican regional cuisine, said he plans to add a line of ice creams and sorbets over the next four to six months and he will continue to look at broadening a sandwich and salad menu. The cafe does not have a full kitchen, which will limit any expansion largely to cold items. "There are a lot of cold dishes from around the world that can add to what we do here,'' he said.