The Murphy’s restaurant brand got it’s start near the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the late 70’s. Jim Murphy purchased Calloway’s steakhouse in 1977 from Bud & Nancy Calloway. The restaurant was located at 4189 North Keystone Ave. Upon purchasing the restaurant, Jim changed the name to Jim Murphy’s Steakhouse. Jim was lucky to inherit a wonderful team. He changed only the name and continued to do business just as Mr. Calloway had.
Mr. Calloway was a cook in the United States Army. He cut his own meat, ground his own hamburger and made all the dressings and soups in-house. That same philosophy still works today. Everything we do at all Murphy’s restaurants are inspired by things Bud Calloway did all those years ago. Although we have tweaked things a bit and added new menu items, Bud’s old school ways are a good fit for us.
The Stonebraker connection was made in 1989, when Craig Stonebraker was working part time at the original Jim Murphy’s Steakhouse. Craig heard a rumor that Mr. Murphy was retiring. Interested in keeping the same traditions of the successful restaurant going, Craig and his late brother, Kelly Stonebraker, partnered up and completed a contract deal with the Murphy Family. They never looked back!
Upon completion of the deal, the brothers dropped the name Jim from the sign and renamed it Murphy’s Steakhouse. Murphy’s Steakhouse was off and running! Craig and Kelly’s sister Mary was an integral part of the business. She worked tirelessly and put her heart and soul into the launch of the restaurant. As time went on, Craig’s brother Kelly pursued other business interests and Craig purchased his part of the restaurant. As many of you may know, several years later, Kelly came back into the fold to run our Thompson Road restaurant, Murphy’s Pubhouse at Thompson.
Murphy’s Steakhouse had a good, long run at 4189 N. Keystone and the restaurant is fondly missed. However, times changed and before The City of Indianapolis started a yearlong bridge project in front of the restaurant, Murphy’s Steakhouse made plans to move. Craig went around the corner and made an agreement with a well-known, former bartender from The Bulldog, Pat Flynn, then current owner of Pat Flynn’s Public House. The two restaurants were merged.
The original Murphy’s Steakhouse and Pat Flynn’s Public House became Murphy’s at Flynn’s…only after a long process of trying to figure out what the restaurant would be called. Would it be Murphy’s or Flynn’s, Flurphy’s or Flynstone’s? The final name took care of itself when everyone kept answering the phone “Murphy’s at Flynn’s” and the name stuck!
Now, 33 plus years later, owners Craig Stonebraker & wife Lisamarie continue to pour themselves into Murphy’s at Flynn’s. Additionally, the Murphy’s brand has grown into a partnership with younger brother, Ryan Stonebraker, at two more Murphy’s locations. After the unfortunate passing of brother, Kelly Stonebraker, Craig now enjoys running Murphy’s Pubhouse at Thompson with nephew and third generation restaurateur, Jake Stonebraker. The personnel at each location have been and continue to be an asset without measurability. The people on staff who put so much of themselves into each day at the restaurants that carry the Murphy’s name, are truly what completes the brand.
We are proud of our history, proud of our team, proud of our restaurants and proud to be trusted with the privilege of providing great quality food, exceptional value and unsurpassed service to the communities we are part of. Thank you for your patronage!