The spacious Muddy Water Coffee & Café is bright and hospitable, with eclectic chairs and tables along with worn wood floors to make it cozy. Black and white art decorate the walls, twinkling lights hang in the window, and potted plants dot the room. In the back one can relax in comfy armchairs and couches. “My idea when I created the space was to create a space that is welcoming,” says co-owner Linton Suttner.
Suttner and his partner, Loretta Oleck, opened Muddy Water in October 2015. Previously, Suttner worked at the Black Cow in Pleasantville, before deciding he wanted to open his own coffeehouse.
A gluten-free Earl Grey Mango scone.
They use organic, fair-trade, coffee beans from Big Bang Coffee Roasters in Peekskill. Alongside traditional pastries there is a large selection of gluten-free and vegan options as well. Butter Hill Bakery, another local Tarrytown business, bakes all the gluten-free goods.
“They’re great bakers,” says Linton. “If I didn’t know it was gluten-free, I wouldn’t taste that it was.” In addition to pastries they also serve savory fare like soups, sandwiches, and samosas.
Muddy Water offers free WiFi and Suttner invites people to come in and stay awhile. In the warmer months, there is an enclosed garden in the back with benches, tables, and chairs. The art on the walls continually rotates because each month they give a different artist the space to display their work. “For me, I look at it as like an art installation,” says Suttner. “I’m constantly tweaking it – it’s really fun.”
Muddy Water Coffee & Café
52 Main St, Tarrytown
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