Lost restaurants of Tulsa: Molly Murphy’s
The restaurant was a hodgepodge of architectural styles on the outside and a vast collection of random memorabilia on the inside.
Courtesy Tulsa World
Restaurants might come and go in Tulsa, but many have made their mark on our city’s history for their food, service, owners and atmosphere. Here’s one serving of Tulsa’s gastronomic history from “Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.”
When Bob Tayar opened Molly Murphy’s at 3900 S. Sheridan Road in 1978, it was already a huge success in Oklahoma City. Because of that success, the Tulsa location was very similar: a hodgepodge of architectural styles on the outside and a vast collection of random memorabilia on the inside. Tulsans were immediately taken with the unique atmosphere, which was further enhanced by the costumed wait staff.
When you entered Molly Murphy’s, you might be seated by Raggedy Ann. Captain Hook could take your order and Groucho Marx was likely to be wandering the restaurant. Everyone dressed as a different figure from pop culture — and they all acted the part. In fact, the job application process included an in-character audition.
Of course, the food was also great. Notable was the Bacchus Feast designed to serve an entire table in an extravagant fashion.
Molly Murphy’s closed in 1986 so Tayar could focus on his Oklahoma City restaurants.
Molly Murphy’s House of Fine Repute | 3900 S. Sheridan Road