He was responsible for opening the Plaza Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, and later, the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson, TX. Murphy served as Director of Marketing and Management for Studebaker’s of America, the phenomenally popular ‘50s, rock‘n’roll-themed bar.
Murphy has been the point person to create and operate some of the country’s leading eateries, from Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, which he built and opened for Wolfgang Puck in San Francisco, to Kuleto’s, a fine-dining Italian restaurant also in San Francisco. In 1992, Murphy created his own concept, Geordy’s Restaurant on San Francisco’s Union Square.
Esquire magazine recognized Geordy’s as one of the “Ten Best New Restaurants of America” in 1994 and the New York Times named it one of the “Four Best Restaurants in San Francisco.” From 1996 until 2000, Murphy was COO and co-founder of another highly rated restaurant concept, Long Life Noodle Company. Long Life was a popular casual concept that grew to six stores. One of Murphy’s most memorable experiences as an executive chef was helping Russell Siu from 3660 On The Rise, one of Honolulu’s top restaurants, cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.
In 2001, Murphy started Cypress Hospitality Group, an executive search firm specializing in recruiting for restaurants, clubs, bars and hotels. CHG's clients include Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Cheese Cake, Kimpton, Buffalo Wild Wings, David Bouley, Pat Kuleto, Wolfgang Puck, and Bradley Ogden. CHG executive search firm has offices in San Francisco and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Specialties: Executive search, restaurant consultant from conception to location development to opening, concept consultant to developers.