Evolving isn't always easy -- indeed, entire Southern school districts have deemed it impossible. For a one-time coffeehouse that's successfully evolved into a full-fledged bar 'n resto: Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery.
Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand. The 35ft glazed-oak bar has a robust liquor selection, but the highlight's a 60-strong beer list featuring tallboys like Schlitz and Lone Star, standard bottles, and 30 pours like Two Brother's Cane & Ebel and Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat, which comes in bullets, and, ironically, because of them. The coffee bar opposite the booze one serves basic javas and espressos, treats from the in-house pastry chef, and specialty drinks like the Malted Mocha (with malt powder, duh), Muddy's Cubano (espresso brewed with brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon), and the mocha/ peppermint/ caramel Lucky Strike -- also what you call it when someone on the picket line finds a four-leaf clover, and/or convinces management to give them healthcare.
They're cooking up American bistro-style grub including the CFBLT (chicken fried bacon with bibb lettuce and tomato), chorizo dogs, and lager-battered mahi mahi tacos, all of which are available from lunch until 2a -- though if anyone sees you then, they'd be quickly convinced that humans could at least de-volve.