Murphy’s Law Bar Rescue Update (J.A. Murphy’s) – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is Murphy's Law still open in 2022?

Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 5, 2012
The Bar's Original Name Was: J.A. Murphy's
Murphy's Law Address: 1703 Aliceanna St Baltimore, MD 21231

Murphy's Law Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

J.A. Murphy’s, later renamed Murphy’s Law, was a Fell’s Point, Baltimore, Maryland bar featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue. Though the Murphy’s Law Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2012, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that. It was Episode 3 of Season 2.

Located in Fell’s Point, Maryland (Baltimore), the J.A. Murphy’s bar is owned by Keith Murphy and Joel Gallant.

The duo opened the bar on a whim in 2009. I’m not sure why Keith got to put his last name on the bar, but maybe it just sounded better.

Keith manages the day-to-day operations, and Joel takes care of the books. 

At first, they made money by offering cheap drinks. The very affordable prices worked for about one year. 

However, things started going downhill soon after that, which is why the J.A. Murphy’s Bar Rescue visit was happening in 2012.

The old manager was driven away from the bar due to Joel’s lousy attitude. Now she owns her bar and took J. A Murphy’s customer base.

Keith and Joel are drowning in debt.

Fell’s Point, Maryland, is a waterfront community in Baltimore with over 120 bars on 76 acres, so while there’s a lot of competition, there’s also a lot of opportunity if they can do the bar right.

Jon’s daughter Sam helps with the recon.

They read the Yelp reviews of the bar in the SUV.

The reviews say the food has made people ill.

The bar is 3,000 square feet with a game room and an unused dining area.

However, Sam says the bar smells and looks terrible, which isn’t a great sign.

The bar promotes binge drinking with something called The Inception Bomb, which is a chugging contest.

The cook isn’t washing his hands, causing cross-contamination. 

Jon is disgusted and comes in angry that they are serving food like that.

The owner Keith gets highly defensive and doesn’t appreciate Jon scolding him.

Jon makes the staff throw away all the food and shut down the kitchen.

Jon warns the customers not to eat anything from there on his way out. 

Jon meets with the staff the next day to try to be more productive and get the rescue rolling.

Keith apologizes for his behavior the day before. Everyone agrees that Joel is a jerk.

Jon tells the team that they shouldn’t serve more drinks after buying The Inception Bomb.

To help improve J.A. Murphy’s, Jon brings in mixologist Chris Cardone, a top bartender from Tellers Chop House in New York City.

He finds maggots under the bar, which apparently isn’t a huge priority for the owners because the bar staff admits putting their own money into cleaning products. 

Expert Chef Brian Duffy also comes in for the recon.

He finds a broken freezer in the kitchen.

Everything is in the fridge, which is bound to lead to hygiene issues.

He also finds mouse droppings and a ton of grease built up.

The staff stays to clean the bar and finds rat droppings behind the broken freezer. It’s all just generally pretty gross and disgusting.

Jon also brings in mixologist Jeremy Costa and teaches the team the drinks they will be making during the soft opening. 

Jon’s inspector calls him to the basement and tells him a rotted beam. They must cancel the soft opening.

Jon calls in experts to see if the building can even be saved. The plumbing system issues have caused dry rot. 

Chris says the bartenders need to keep practicing.

They train at an offsite location while Jon and the Bar Rescue team keep working on the renovations and fixes to the building.

Jon brings the owners to the previous manager’s bar to show them how well it runs.

It is then safe to go back to the bar.

Jon installed a new draft beer system and revealed a new name for the bar – Murphy’s Law’s.

The staff is stressed at the relaunch. A customer even ate a toothpick!

But overall, the bar rescue ends up being a success after some stressful moments.

Murphy's Law Update - What Happened Next?

So – was the Murphy’s Law Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s find out…

Well, after the episode aired, things seemed to be going well. Food sales were up ~15% and drink sales were up 25%.

However, that wouldn’t be enough to keep the bar running.

Is Murphy’s Law from Bar Rescue still open?

Murphy’s Law closed in July 2012, which was before the Bar Rescue episode aired but a few months after the visit from Jon Taffer.

As of 2022, the old Murphy’s Law Fell’s Point location is occupied by a restaurant called Papi’s Tacos.

Reviews for the restaurant seem good as it has a four star rating on Yelp.

Given the state of J.A. Murphy’s / Murphy’s Law in Jon’s visit, it makes sense that they couldn’t save the bar. Structural issues plus debt plus bad sanitation equals a recipe for disaster, which is why Murphy’s Law couldn’t even make it to the episode’s air date.

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Last updated: 2022-01-10 09:59

2 thoughts on “Murphy’s Law Bar Rescue Update (J.A. Murphy’s) – Open or Closed in 2022?”

  1. I don’t understand why it closed bc Taffer fixed all the issues mentioned during the rescue? How did it have structural problems after the rescue? Did they go back to poor sanitation issues in the kitchen? I think it’s sad when a show spends time and money to help bar owners and they can’t keep up the standards after bar rescue leaves!


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