July 10, 2011 By Christian Murray
Murphy’s Bar, a Skillman Ave. fixture, reopened on Friday evening after a major renovation.
The bar had been closed for two months as its owner Mike Murphy transformed the Irish watering hole into a more professional and modern establishment.
The days of the pool table and darts in a dark bar are over. Murphy has remodeled the space by replacing part of an exterior wall with a large window, completely renovating the bar and replacing the wooden tables and stools.
Murphy said he plans to introduce craft beers, offer Paninis and hummus, as well as a wine list and cocktail menu. He said that there will be a formal grand opening at the bar (located at 48-20 Skillman Ave.) in about two weeks.
He said that he was inspired to do the renovation because the Sunnyside/Woodside area had changed. “In the last four years many young professional couples have moved here. The neighborhood has really come up and I decided I had to upgrade.”