J.A. Murphyas in Fells Point, Maryland

Writers Note: As “Bar Rescue’s” culinary producer, I’m fortunate to have a unique perspective on the behind-the-scenes process of making the television show and the bar a success. I work very closely with Jon Taffer and our experts to resuscitate the bar and food programs, including menu development, design, and installation of equipment. Now in our second season, I’m thrilled to continue as part of Jon’s elite team and eager to share the exclusive inside scoop with you!

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“People are eating mouse s#@t!”- Chef Brian Duffy during kitchen walkthrough

J.A. Murphy's is located in the heart of historic Fells Point MD, a fun and thriving area on the water with loads of foot traffic. In 2009, college frat buddies Keith Murphy and Joel Gallant carried out an impulse to partner in opening a bar— after pulling a drunken all-nighter.

Despite having no experience, J.A. Murphy’s was oddly successful at first, pulling $12,000 in weekly sales. The ironic achievement was attributed to Murphy’s manager Marka, who facilitated the constant flow of regulars and profitable margins. To add to the drama, partner Joel butts heads with everyone and his abrasive attitude forced manager Marka to quit. In retaliation, the smart-cookie launched her own competitive bar right around the corner. This overture is a sore spot with Joel, to be sure.

With fewer customers, mounting business costs, and money lost on cheap shots, J.A. Murphy’s is now losing $5,000 each week and Keith and Joel are deep in debt.

Only two months away from closing Murphy’s doors for good, Keith and Joel have made a call for help to Jon Taffer, host and executive producer of “Bar Rescue” and Nightclub and Bar Media Group President.

J.A. Murphy’s was the most dilapidated, vile bar we’ve ever encountered a


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