We Love What We Do
MP is committed to making honestly good food + drinks that inspire creativity + to provide an experience that values relationships.
Matthew Fuller had a dream for years to start his own business. What began as a desire to have more time with his family expanded into creating a business that empowers his employees to thrive and grow.
In November 2012, he bought a coffee cart, leased a small space in the main lobby of the Waters Building in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, and called it Grace Coffee. Coffee sales took off, with even friends jumping in to help behind the counter or doing milk run errands to fill up his supply.
In July 2013, Grace Coffee expanded and moved locations to Forest Hills, where we started selling food and created the menu, called it Grace Coffee Bistro, and hired our first staff team.
Soon after, the team started catering food all over town to an increasing number of customers.
In August 2016, we rebranded to MudPenny. And that takes us to where we are now — a crew of people creating delicious food + drinks for the city and falling more in love with our customers every day.
So thank you. Thank you for being a part of our adventure. We're just getting started and it's an honor to have you by our side, sitting at our tables, and eating the food we're crafting just for you.
In 17th and 18th Century England, coffee houses were called Penny Universities. They were a gathering place for people of all different classes and the only place in town where the rich and the poor could rub shoulders. With an entrance fee of just a penny, visitors gathered to listen to lectures on politics, religion, literature and hear news reports. And mud? Well that's slang for coffee — and we love coffee. Although we're more than a coffee shop, this history reflects our company's value for relationships and for providing service that shows value to every single person - no matter who they are. Everyone deserves honor and we consider it ours to be able to fill hearts and appetites all across Grand Rapids.