Over four months ago, the popular midtown coffeehouse Muddy's closed up shop, and at least one local publication reported that two former Muddy's employees had negotiated to buy the business. That was true, but as Fat City reported last June, the devil was in the details, and the employees couldn't close the deal. The Muddy's storefront has been sitting vacant for several months.
But no longer. A spokesperson for the leasing agent, Copaken White & Blitt, confirms that Kin Lin Chinese Restaurant, the longtime tenant at the 51st and Oak location, will be expanding into the storefront, enabling the family-owned restaurant to not only increase its seating capacity but also create a private banquet room. The restaurant is also applying for a liquor license.
As recently as July, former Muddy's employee Leto Blackman wrote Fat City to report that he was "still in talks to lease the location" at 318 East 51st Street. But we never heard back from Blackman, and Copaken White & Blitt confirmed that the lease agreement between the building owners and Kin Lin will be inked this Friday.
The plan, according to the Copaken White & Blitt spokesperson, will be to turn the current dining room/kitchen space into the kitchen and a banquet room, moving the entrance to the middle storefront — currently the second dining room — and adding additional seating in the former Muddy's space.