Muddy Waters Cafe


Muddy Waters Cafe


Commerce, Olga Nikolaeva
The Whaling Bank (1833) was founded by several New London whalers. In 1864, the bank was recognized nationally and became the National Whaling Bank. Following the decline of the whaling industry in New London, the bank closed and the building was sold and became the Thames Crockery, a restaurant supply business. Shortly after, a cafe called Mugz took over the building. After changing hands once again, Muddy Waters, another cafe, took over the structure and still operates there today. The site references two eras of New London’s history and present: the presence and influence of the whaling industry and the modern site of community gathering and commerce.
Economy, Governance (City Administration)
Business Group


Eva Brydson


Eva Brydson

Collection Items

Thames Crockery Company
Today’s Muddy Waters Cafe was once the Thames Crockery, a New London-family-owned business that supplied local restaurants with equipment. The Thames Crockery operated on Bank Street until 1999, when the owners decided to rent out their building to a…

“Coffee Fans Bid Farewell to Mugz”
42 Bank Street has long been a host to two popular coffee shops for New London locals and tourists. When Mugz closed in 2004, the Waterford Times ran an article that captured the role of the coffee shop in every day life in the city. Regardless of…

Muddy Waters Cafe Menu
Muddy Waters is one of the most popular coffee shops in New London due to its menu, location, and ambience. While enjoying a breakfast sandwich and hot coffee one can admire the variety of movie posters, unexpected collections of miniatures, and…

Bank Check of the National Whaling Bank of New London, CT
The National Whaling Bank was one of several business banks in New London as its economy boomed in the whaling era. The bank is the third oldest in the city and was founded by a group of whaling merchants.
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