A cool coffee house and Greenville Avenue pioneer is closing shop. Mudsmith, the coffee shop and popular Wi-Fi hangout from Dallas restaurateur Brooke Humphries, has closed its location at 2114 Greenville Ave., after eight years.
Humphries, who owns a whole portfolio of concepts, including Barcadia and Mama Tried, says that the final day will be Sunday, October 6.
"Greenville Avenue has changed a lot since we opened Mudsmith in 2012," she says.
Back then, Greenville Avenue was somewhat of a wasteland, with none of the hot-and-happening shops and restaurants that have opened in the interim. Mudsmith's opening helped set the stage for the street's gentrification.
"It seems like I'm always first," Humphries says.
Mudsmith served Avoca coffee, rotating beer, wine, and kombucha on tap, along with pastries, granola, and sandwiches.
Its coffee was always well made, and it had an extremely hospitable attitude when it came to parking at one of the tables and using the free Wi-Fi all day.
"I joked that we were like Common Desk without the monthly fee," Humphries says.
Mudsmith opened before the street underwent a massive reconstruction project, one that changed things dramatically for many businesses on Greenville Avenue.
"Our first four years were great," she says. "The last four were more of a struggle, because of the street construction."
She also had a very large space for a coffee shop. "You can get by with 800 square feet for a coffee shop, but that's 3,000 square feet — it'll be great for a restaurant, which is what will probably go into that space," she says.
Humphries had another restaurant on Greenville Avenue in a former gas station called Pints & Quarts, but she relocated that to the Centrum building on Oak Lawn Avenue, along with another location of Mudsmith, where she is also expanding the food menu with hefty dishes, including sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more.
She also opened Mama Tried, her honky tonk in Deep Ellum, in 2018, which she's spinning off with a second location at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving; and has another Mudsmith opening with restaurateur Elias Pope at the new mega-sized HG Sply Co. in Trophy Club.
"This Greenville Avenue closure is not a bad thing," she says. "Change happens every day, Dallas morphs from one thing to another, and I feel pretty proud about being open for eight years."