Muddy Waters, the New Orleans style restaurant in Thornton Park, has closed. It closed Friday, according to Todd Ulmer of Beacon Hill Group.
The space has been taken over by the owners of the Stubborn Mule, a bar and restaurant acrossSouth Eola Drive in the Sanctuary condominium building. Brian Buttner and his business partner, Jonathan Canonaco, plan to open a new concept called the Menagerie Eatery and Bar. Buttner said they plan to have a soft opening as early as next week.
They have also acquired the Mucho liquor store and will replace that with a bar called the Broken Cage.
Muddy Waters opened just last year, in June, and was a partnership between Beacon Hill Group, which operates a number of successful downtown bars, and the then owners of Two Chefs Seafood & Oyster Bar in the North Quarter, Bernard Carmouche and Larry Sinabaldi.
Shortly after Muddy Waters opened, Carmouche and Sinabaldi closed Two Chefs and dissolved their partnership; Carmouche continued as the chef/partner at Muddy Waters.
Carmouche on Sunday said that the restaurant closed because "We got an offer we couldn't refuse." Reached by phone, Ulmer, whose group also owned Mucho Tequila & Taco Bar that occupied the space before Muddy Waters, said, "We've spent a long time there and we're ready to move on. We were offered money by the Stubborn Mule group and we accepted their offer."