Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mudspot Café opening at the First Park kiosk next month

Looks like the Mudtruck will have another sibling in the family.

Back in July, S'MAC decided to discontinue its service at the First Avenue kiosk. At the time, Caesar Ekya, who owns and operates S'MAC with his wife Sarita, said that they were hoping to find another vendor to assign the lease to here off of East Houston and East First Street.

And they have: Mudspot Café will soon be operating from this location.

"Yes, it's happening," Mudspot General Manager Yasmina Palumbo confirmed to us via email. "[We're] hoping to open sometime in November."

Ekya said that sales at First Park were sluggish, and that they needed to focus on their original location on East 12th Street and new branch in Murray Hill. He had said finding another vendor for First Park was preferable to turning the lease back over to the city, which would then open up a potentially lengthy bidding process.

"It would have been in everyone's best interest if we assigned the lease instead of giving it back to the city," Ekya said."And Mud was the best fit for that location."

S'MAC opened the satellite location here in January 2012. Prior to this, Veselka had the space for five years until June 2011. Mudspot's original location on East Ninth Street will remain.

Previously on EV Grieve:
More about S'MAC's decision to leave First Park


creature said...

I do like the people behind MUD. I wish them well.

Gojira said...

On my first quick read of the headline, I saw it as "Muppet Cafe". Now that would be something I'd patronize.

xootrman said...

Creature, true that.

Anonymous said...

Perfect menu for that spot. Look forward to it!

Philip Trevino said...


Anonymous said...

What's in name? Well, I won't drink any coffee labeled as "mud".

I do hope the purveyors finally do away with that polluting truck.

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

Won't they be right on top of Bluebird, then? More the merrier, I guess (and Bluebird is an upper-crustier kind of coffee place). Hey, Mud peeps, if you're reading this, can you make those egg and cheeses on challah that Veselka had there a few years back? I miss them.

IzF said...

Mud makes a killer breakfast quesadilla. Hopefully they'll serve it up here.

Anonymous said...

bluebird wont be too happy about this!

Anonymous said...

Bluebird has nasty, arrogant "servers". How they survive is beyond me.
Mud fits perfectly, especially for the morning rush hour commute.
Good Luck.

~evilsugar25 said...

Mud is a good fit. Nice!