As Urban Bean moves into old spot, Muddy Waters readies for rebirth

Muddy Waters is moving down the street, but it turns out the corner of 24th & Lyndale won’t be without a coffee shop for long.

Urban Bean owner Greg Martin confirmed that he now holds the lease for the old Muddy Waters spot at 2401 Lyndale Avenue South, which will be home to the second Urban Bean coffee shop. 

Communicating on behalf of Urban Bean, spokesman Kareem Ahmed said the menu at the new Urban Bean will feature Dogwood Coffee and the same premium coffee drinks as at the existing 33rd & Bryant locale.

Extensive renovations are already underway at 2401 Lyndale, but Ahmed said the idea is to make sure “Muddy Waters customers will be comfortable” with the corner’s rebranding.

The opening of the new Urban Bean is tentatively slated for sometime in July.

Meanwhile, Muddy Waters co-owners Sarah Schrantz and Danielle De Pietto are hard at work getting their new home at 2933 Lyndale Ave. S. (formerly Jon English Hairspa) ready for an early summer opening.

In addition to a coffee bar, the new Muddy Waters will feature a full liquor bar (open until 2 a.m.), food menu and enclosed patio seating.

Schrantz said she and De Pietto have already fully staffed the new coffee bar/liquor bar/restaurant with about 40 employees — a significant leap from the seven employees who worked at the 24th & Lyndale Muddy Waters.

Though the 2933 Lyndale spot looked like it was a long ways from being ready to open when I visited on May 2, a crew of about a dozen workers (Schrantz included) was hard at work installing a bar along the length of the building and getting the kitchen ready to accommodate appliances.

Renovation work should be completed within a couple weeks, Schrantz said, adding that she and Di Pietto hope to open the new Muddy Waters later this month or early in June.