A little more than three years after opening just feet from the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach’s Mug & Spoon is moving its creative concoctions to Baltimore Avenue.
Owners Aileen Hearn and Kyle Ten Eyck have been teasing the announcement for months. The ice cream and coffee shop has had a sign on the doors of its original location since it closed for the season telling customers a move was coming. The change in address, to 52 Baltimore Ave., was announced Dec. 7 on Mug & Spoon’s Facebook page.
Hearn said the goal was always to make Mug & Spoon bigger, and she’s looking forward to having a place they can call their own.
“This house has a good set of bones, and we’re going to fill it with love, excitement and positivity,” she said, adding there’s a lot of ideas floating around in their heads for the house that was most recently the Iguana Grill Restaurant & Cantina.
Hearn said the menu will still feature the creative ice cream concoctions and to-go coffee that Mug & Spoon is known for, but there will be a much more expansive sit-down menu and alcohol.
“I’m really excited about brunch,” she said.
Ten Eyck said most of the changes to the 100-year-old beach house will be visual, which basically means lots of paint. He said the house has a classic charm to it, and the goal is to bring that charm back.
Hearn said the plan is to keep most things pretty simple, but highlight certain areas – like the copper-topped bar.
“I think this is the only one in the city,” she said, adding plans also include a wall recognizing the property’s history.
Ten Eyck said there was a lot of foot traffic passing by the Rehoboth Avenue location, but it could be hard for customers interested in only Mug & Spoon to find parking. Here, he said, the city hall parking lot is right up the street.
Moving Mug & Spoon isn’t the only thing Hearn and Ten Eyck have in store for their growing business.
The two opened Glazed in the early summer of 2020 at 8 Rehoboth Ave. There’s a second Rehoboth Avenue location in the works, but Hearn said it was too soon to be specific.
Ten Eyck and Hearn are taking an optimistic approach to the expansion of their business during the ongoing pandemic. The goal is to get the new Baltimore Avenue space ready for early spring, he said.
“We made it through this summer alright. We think we have a good concept, and hopefully by being positive, things will work out,” said Ten Eyck.