September 27, 2017

Members of the Catholic University community have a new place to gather with friends and classmates this week, after Murphy’s Grill, a full-service restaurant located on the bottom floor of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, opened for business on Sept. 25.

The restaurant is named in honor of Mike Murphy, who graduated from Catholic University with his B.A. in 1974 and his M.A. in 1975. After Murphy’s death in 2007, his friends and former classmates united to honor him by funding a new student restaurant that would replace the Rathskellar restaurant, which was once located in what is now Father O’Connell Hall.

Murphy’s Grill, which is student-staffed, has a full food and drink menu, including a full bar. Specialty menu items include the poached pear salad, the shrimp boil, baked Jalapeno mac and cheese, and the Cardinal Burger, an all-beef burger topped with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. Dessert items include the chocolate torte, the ultimate brownie sundae, the upside down apple pie with cinnamon ice cream, and funnel fries topped with strawberry and blackberry coulis. 

“This is the end result of many years of hard work and the dream of Mike Murphy,” said Marc Sozio, resident district manager of Aramark. “This is a place that we think will be a focal point on campus and a multipurpose social gathering space for students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”

For more information about Murphy’s Grill, including hours of operation, menu, and event information, visit

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