Matt Murphy's Shuttered, but Not for Long
Bartender says pub will be "gorgeous" when it re-opens in two weeks.
Matt Murphy's Pub—the closest thing Brookline Village has to a bar —was closed and gutted in just a few hours yesterday as the owners prepare for a complete renovation.
Standing beside a sink pulled from the kitchen and left resting on Harvard Street, bartender Samuel Allore said the old pub was ripe for a remodel and would be "gorgeous" when it re-opens—under the same name and with the same menu—in about two weeks.
"It just needed a renovation," he said. "It's going to be amazing; it's going to be really nice."
Long known for its sometimes-rambunctious live music performances, Murphy's killed the live acts about two years ago and sought to reinvent itself as a gastropub. Allore said the pub will continue to focus on a higher-end food menu in its renovated space.
No word yet on whether the rabbit motif that decorated the pub's walls will be retained.