Waiting on some final inspections at his new Urban Bean location at 24th and Lyndale, Greg Martin is mere days, perhaps hours away from throwing open the doors and seeing faces old and new stream into what was once Muddy Waters. The space looks very different now, with the gleaming Synesso, spare design, and bags of Dogwood Espresso waiting patiently for a chance to give the Wedge neighborhood some highbrow coffee.
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The place has the same modern, sleek look as the Urban Bean on 34th Street but with seafoam green accents rather than the trademark red--except in the loo, where an amazing raccoon skull chandelier hangs from the high ceiling. They've removed a wall, making the room larger and more open, with a long bar along one side and a floating bench seat with tables and stools lining the opposite wall. All of it sits on the original terazzo floors that they exposed during the renovations.
But Martin makes clear that this isn't just about fine lines. He swears that the coffee will be serious, too. In addition to a cone-style grinder and the Dogwood beans, they'll offer Hario pour-overs for purists and plan to source from a variety of high-brow roasters, like Chicago's famed Intelligentsia, in the future.
In addition to the java, Martin has Sweets Bakery set up to bring in macarons and cupcakes, and Rustica for bread, and he is talking to other local bakers, as the new site has no kitchen capabilities. Folks will also enjoy patio seating and wine and beer, as soon as he receives the license (it's applied for).
So now it's simply a countdown, until what was a coffeeshop becomes a coffeeshop again, albeit with a little less black and a slightly brighter attitude. Check the Urban Bean Facebook page or follow @urbanbeancoffee on Twitter to find out exactly when the joe will begin to flow.
Urban Bean (new location)
2401 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis