MudPenny opening second location in Ada Village


A successful Grand Rapids café whose origins sprang from a coffee cart in downtown Grand Rapids is opening a suburban location.

MudPenny plans to open in early 2020 at 496 Ada Dr. SE, in Ada Village.

The establishment is known for its hybrid restaurant/coffee bar atmosphere, and owner Matthew Fuller said the new location will be no different.

The menu will offer breakfast and lunch fare with farm-to-table ingredients, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and keto options.

“It’s an honor to be a gathering spot for people of all different backgrounds,” Fuller said. “We really care about every customer that comes through our door, and we believe everyone deserves excellent service.”

Fuller started MudPenny in 2012 as a coffee cart in the Waters Building lobby in downtown Grand Rapids. The following year, he moved to a small café in Forest Hills and offered corporate catering services. In 2018, he opened the full-service restaurant in Grand Rapids Roosevelt Park neighborhood at 570 Grandville Ave. SW

The 2,600-square-foot Ada location also will have a house-roasted coffee and organic juice bar, as well as offer delivery for its corporate catering business.

The name “MudPenny” comes from 17th– and 18th-century England, when coffee houses were called “penny universities” and were the only place not segregated by class, Fuller said. The first part of the name comes from the slang term for coffee: “mud.”

Fuller plans to donate 1% of MudPenny’s sales in Ada to nonprofits in the area, as he does with the Roosevelt Park location.

Photo: Courtesy MudPenny

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