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Coffeeshop and hot dog joint at Dallas' Centrum building pull the plug

Coffeeshop and hot dog joint at Dallas' Centrum building pull the plug

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One less cup of coffee. Photo courtesy of Mudsmith

The last Dallas location of Mudsmith, the coffeehouse concept from Brooke Humphries, has closed. The coffeehouse was located at the Centrum building, but the space is now vacant with a "For Lease" sign on the window.

Also closed: its sibling Pints & Quarts, the hot dog joint which was adjacent to/shared space with Mudsmith. It is also vacant and also has a "For Lease" sign in the window.

Humphries did not respond to emails, other than to say that she was unavailable to comment. But a spokesperson for the building said that the two businesses were closed in early December.

Humphries opened the coffeehouse and restaurant at the Centrum in 2017 as part of a major renovation by new owner Quadrant Investment Properties, who sunk more than $20 million in upgrades, including street-side parking and a friendlier entry.

Humphries has opened numerous concepts, beginning with Barcadia Bar, which she first debuted on Henderson Avenue in 2008. She opened the first Mudsmith on Greenville Avenue in 2013; in October 2019, she closed it, citing dramatic changes in the neighborhood as a factor.

The Greenville Avenue location had a legion of fans and regulars, not all of whom transferred their affections to the Centrum location, which despite its remodel still lacks the kind of accessible, visible parking Dallasites require. If there aren't 5 drive-up spaces in front, Dallas don't stop.

Humphries launched Pints & Quarts in 2015, opening in a cool former tire station on Greenville at Ross Avenue. It was fashioned as a period-correct 1950s gas-station burger stand, and it had a great patio. But the location at Ross was a little south of the beaten path on Greenville Ave.

For the Centrum project, she originally envisioned just a Mudsmith, but added Pints & Quarts after she was offered a larger space with two full kitchens.

"I'd actually been toying with the idea of doing a combination like this, but was thinking of it as a suburban project, if only because of the space," she said at the time. "I never anticipated getting a space this size inside Dallas."

However it was a 5,000-square-foot space which is a lot of space to take on.

She's partnering with Elias Pope, owner of HG Sply Co., on a massive restaurant and entertainment complex opening at Victory Park, and opened Mama Tried, her honky tonk in Deep Ellum, in 2018, which she's spun off with a second location at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving.

Most of her attention has shifted to the suburbs such as the Mudsmith she's opening at the new mega-sized HG Sply Co. in Trophy Club.