J.A. Murphy's Tavern replaces Lulu's Off Broadway
Here's a first look at J.A. Murphy's Tavern (1703) Aliceanna St.).
The new Fells Point bar opened last week in the space formerly occupied by Lulu's Off Broadway.
Lulu's closed in December of 2007, and the building sat vacant until Joel Anthony Gallant (J.A., for short) and Keith Murphy took over a couple months ago.
Murphy and Gallant kept the vintage back bar but redid the rest of the place.
The comfortably cluttered Lulu's is now the plain, open J.A. Murphy's, named after its owners ...
Rather than make it an Irish pub or a sports bar, Gallant and Murphy decided to keep an open mind with their tavern and see where their clientele takes them.
"We call it a bar about nothing," Murphy said. "No themes. Everyone's welcome. It's the sandbox mentality."
In this economy, it’s tough to make long-term predictions when it comes to bars. But I think if Murphy listens to his customer base and makes decisions based on what they want, this tavern has a better chance than most new bars.
There is no phone number or Web site up for J.A. Murphy's Tavern just yet. But the bar's hours are 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Sundays.
My full review will be in Thursday's paper.
(Photo by me)