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Murphy’s Bar to Expand Next Door, Create a Seafood Restaurant

Photo: QueensPost

Dec. 21, 2012 By Bill Parry

Murphy’s Bar, located at 48-20 Skillman Ave., is expanding.

Mike Murphy, the owner of Murphy’s Bar, has reached a deal to take over the property next door, Rincon Latino, an Ecuadorian nightclub that’s been there 17 years.

Murphy will team up with his manager Stephen Murphy (not related) to combine the two properties and create a bar and seafood restaurant.

The name is still the subject of debate between the two, who’ve worked on and off together for twenty years. “Between us we have over fifty years of experience in the restaurant and bar business.”

Mike, who also owns another pub/restaurant in Long Island, said that the seafood restaurant was always in the plans. “This is just stage two of the master plan,” he said.

Location Murphy’s expanded into (Photo: QueensPost)

When Murphy’s Bar reopened after an extensive renovation last year, he started a raw bar on the weekends.

“The neighborhood response was actually quite overwhelming,” Mike said. “I knew then that then neighborhood would welcome a seafood restaurant.”

The menu will be 80% seafood with healthy steamed and organic vegetables.

The pub will remain open during the renovation and they hope to have the restaurant open by St Patrick’s Day.

“We’re shooting for St. Patrick’s Day so we’ll have green lobsters for everyone,” Mike said.

Murphy will be looking to add more staff. “This will be successful for us and for the neighborhood,” he said.

Stephen and Mike are actively involved in the community and helped create The Skillman Project, which is an association of Skillman business owners who market the Avenue.

Mike lives in Maspeth while Stephen lives less than a block away (49th Street). “He’s got the shorter commute,” said Mike, “but I’m always here before him.”

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I am really excited about having a seafood focused place in the neighborhood. I wish the Murphy’s lots of luck and look forward to trying it out!

43rd St. Resident

Wrong Know_Where_to_Run!

The only things that swim in the Gowanus Canal are Coney Island Whitefish.

There is a better variety around the Hook or in back of the Point off BA beach.

Eat at your own risk!

Bill Parry

John from Babylon. The details are as follows.

Murphy’s Bar & Grill
234 Old Country Road, Mineola


This is great news …but I hope they tidy up the outside of the building. It’s looks so 70s and rundown.


This is great news from two great guys, sampled some of your dishes at Taste of Sunnyside and the sandy benifit , good luck – can’t wait.


Green lobsters?

I think there might be a few of those in the Gowanus Canal. They glow as well I believe.

Oppressed Masses

Great news! Now if only a decent business can locate in the long shutttered store on the corner across Skillman Ave.


Good to see a local business expanding these days, especially in this economic climate.

Best of luck.


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