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capt_john_97
07-07-2011, 06:33 AM
Molly Murphy's was an oklahoma icon. It was such an amazing place and I had the honor of working there for several years. I have talked to so many people and they all say that they used to go there and had the most fun and how there needs to be another one.

My thought for today is what is/was your favorite Molly Murphy's memory?

earlywinegareth
07-07-2011, 08:18 AM
Dancing around the salad car to "Car Wash"

MrZ
07-07-2011, 11:09 AM
Surprised in this age of remaking movies, music, brands from the 80's that nobody has brought back Molly Murphy's.

skyrick
07-07-2011, 03:58 PM
Molly Murphy's was an oklahoma icon. It was such an amazing place and I had the honor of working there for several years. I have talked to so many people and they all say that they used to go there and had the most fun and how there needs to be another one.

My thought for today is what is/was your favorite Molly Murphy's memory?

Were you a waiter there? If so, what was your character? Tarzan was my favorite, around 1984.

The tee-tee tour.

Having patrons wear a black garbage bag with arm and neck cut-outs, giving them sunglasses and playing "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" while the customers did the California Raisin dance.

bluedogok
07-07-2011, 07:07 PM
The concept that Tayar copied for Molly Murphy's is still open in San Antonio. The Magic Time Machine (http://www.magictimemachine.com/) had locations in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, the Austin location closed right around the time that I moved down here in 2003. I used to work with the architect who did Molly Murphy's and TaMolly's for Tayar, they made many trips down to the locations down here to get the layout and details. I have a book that his widow wrote about Molly Murphy's and other ventures that I picked up at Full Circle, it is an interesting read.

Jesseda
07-07-2011, 07:53 PM
I first went to molly murphys for my 9th b-day, my big sis took me for a b-day surprise followed them to a 89ers game ( i have the greatest big sis). I love doing the carwash on the salad car bar. When i turned 11 I had another b-day their, our waitress was dressed as a cat and was overly into her role lol, my b-day cupcake came out and she slammed my hand down on it, during our dinner my mother asked to use the restroom and the waitress grabbed her hand and walked around yelling out loud that my mom had to go potty, my other was so bright red.. I really miss this place

capt_john_97
07-07-2011, 09:49 PM
Yes I was a waiter there but I spent most of my time as a cocktail waiter there (I prefer the title beverage coordinator) Most people remember me as Crash Landing. I worked on roller skates as a roller derby character. I do have quite the list of characters that I used.

bluedog Jeffie's book is good and there was a book written by one of the waiters by the name of Darren Stone. "Who are you supposed to be? My life in tights" I dont know if the Time Machine is still open in Addison TX. Last time I was there it was just people in costumes not characters. Other places copied the idea later.

MrZ actually there has been a lot of talk recently about the very prospect of opening a new Molly's

RadicalModerate
07-08-2011, 04:45 PM
I regret that I never got to dine at Molly Murphy's . . .
But a former waitress from there helped make possible one of the most perfect meals ever enjoyed at the old Keller in the Castle.

I did get a chance to "go backstage" at Molly Murphy's--while working for a company that was bidding on a kitchen remodel not long before it, the restaurant, closed. After about five minutes of measuring the walls and floors for paint and tile, grease (etc.) prevented my tape measure from retracting.

Still . . . (as I said) . . . I regret never having dined there.
It looks like it was a lot of fun.

kevinpate
07-08-2011, 05:26 PM
I really enjoyed the Molly's in Tulsa. Can't recall having ever dining at the OKC one, though there are lots of things I can't recall according to some, so who really knows. No one's threatened any pictures in any event.

Larry OKC
07-09-2011, 01:12 AM
Didn't know there was one in Tulsa. Went one time for my birthday shortly after I had moved back here for college. Don't remember too much about it other than a line-dancing thing, the salad bar car and the character wait staff. We had Marvin Martin. loved it. Can't give a review on the food as I don't recall what I had or if it was good/bad. Mollys was a place to be experienced more than anything else I guess.

ljbab728
07-09-2011, 01:20 AM
Didn't know there was one in Tulsa. Went one time for my birthday shortly after I had moved back here for college. Don't remember too much about it other than a line-dancing thing, the salad bar car and the character wait staff. We had Marvin Martin. loved it. Can't give a review on the food as I don't recall what I had or if it was good/bad. Mollys was a place to be experienced more than anything else I guess.

The food was fine but nothing exceptional. As you said, the experience and entertainment was what you went for. I had a lot of different waiters (characters) in my visits and don't remember anyone in particular that stood out. The experience that always sticks in my mind was when I was there with my wife and kids in a booth. It was sort of a dark alcove area. We had been there for at least 5 minutes when someone who had been hiding on a ledge over our booth jumped out and scared the kids to death.

metro
07-09-2011, 04:52 PM
My favorite memory is the other 10 threads on Molly Murphys.

kevinpate
07-09-2011, 06:59 PM
My favorite memory is the other 10 threads on Molly Murphys.

Then you should perhaps get out more often and make better memories.

village idiot
07-09-2011, 09:29 PM
A nice little piece about Molly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jELoEAvjSLM

OSUMom
07-10-2011, 10:27 AM
You know, with the way everyone seems so overly sensitive and easily offended these days, I just don't know if this concept would work today.

kevinpate
07-10-2011, 10:37 AM
You know, with the way everyone seems so overly sensitive and easily offended these days, I just don't know if this concept would work today.

Suppose the host/ess could always administer a humor test at the door. Or maybe everyone who goes in has to pass through a fake TSA enhanced screening (Welcome to MM .. do you prefer full body screening or gloved patdowns? How many in your party?)

Of course, if you are walking into some place called Molly Murphy's House of Fine Repute, see folks in costume, and you act like those are real TSA agents then they oughta be allowed to have a GI Joe costumed paint ball sniper on the rooftop taking shots at you as you are escorted out.

RadicalModerate
07-10-2011, 11:06 AM
LOL!! Excellent, Kevin!

OSUMom had a perfectly valid point, and you gave the perfect response.

OSUMom
07-10-2011, 12:44 PM
That could work. If someone doesn't pass the 'pretend TSA pat down' at the door then they sure don't want what will await them inside. That would be the humor test.

RadicalModerate
07-10-2011, 01:06 PM
And then the friendly, "fly the friendly skies of Molly's" hostess could pin on some Captain's wings . . . Except they would either be giant, fuzzy angel wings or giant, fuzzy Buffalo Chicken Wings . . . (For the timid and easily offended.)

Larry OKC
07-11-2011, 04:34 AM
Love the recent posts guys!!!

We need some more of that type to get over the PC crowd. there is a waiter out in the Vegas Sam's Town that we always ask for when we go out there. He would have fir in perfectly at Molly Murphys but he is a character all to himself. And he rakes in the tips by being that way too. Along the lines of Joan Rivers or Don Rickles....

RadicalModerate
07-11-2011, 07:01 AM
Maybe he could be persuaded to come to OKC when the New Molly Murphy's opens and assume the role of Rodney Safetyfield. He could go from table to table making sure everyone is belted into their seats, reminding everyone it is important to chew their food at least twenty times and giving graphic demonstrations of the Heimlich Maneuver. Of course, it is doubtful that he will get much respect.

[Edited to Add, (because the option is still available)]:
Do you suppose that it is possible that Aubrey McC may have dined at Molly Murphy's?
Perhaps he could include the new location in his master plan (!).
I think it would be way cooler than Pops. Even as cool as Pops is.
(Plus it could break up the monotony of the development . . . Well, couldn't it?)

grantgeneral78
07-11-2011, 01:24 PM
Maybe he could be persuaded to come to OKC when the New Molly Murphy's opens and assume the role of Rodney Safetyfield. He could go from table to table making sure everyone is belted into their seats, reminding everyone it is important to chew their food at least twenty times and giving graphic demonstrations of the Heimlich Maneuver. Of course, it is doubtful that he will get much respect.

[Edited to Add, (because the option is still available)]:
Do you suppose that it is possible that Aubrey McC may have dined at Molly Murphy's?
Perhaps he could include the new location in his master plan (!).
I think it would be way cooler than Pops. Even as cool as Pops is.
(Plus it could break up the monotony of the development . . . Well, couldn't it?)

Did you say there opening a new molly murphys?

RadicalModerate
07-15-2011, 01:28 AM
"Did you say there opening a new molly murphys?"

They may be opening a new "Molly Murphy's" but I didn't say it and I'm not sure where.
So the short answer is "no".

(I am, however, confident that Clay Bennett, Aubrey McClendon, and the rest of the crew know exactly where it will be. And that, all things considered, is probably a good thing.)

Prunepicker
07-15-2011, 01:28 PM
My thought for today is what is/was your favorite Molly Murphy's memory?
Leaving.

ctchandler
07-15-2011, 02:50 PM
Prunepicker,
Funny, my thoughts exactly. My boys loved it, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't even care for their food.
C. T.

Leaving.

ultimatesooner
07-15-2011, 04:20 PM
it was a great place to be able to buy a mixed drink when I was 16

Prunepicker
07-15-2011, 05:05 PM
Prunepicker,
Funny, my thoughts exactly. My boys loved it, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
I didn't even care for their food.
C. T.
The food wasn't that great. It was a place to have fun and had it's place.

Larry OKC
07-16-2011, 11:36 AM
it was a great place to be able to buy a mixed drink when I was 16

Did they knowingly serve you being well underaged? Am thinking maybe they served you a "virgin" one and told you it was the real thing as they could get into serious trouble if they served to a minor. Not saying it doesn't/couldn't happen, just surprised is all.

kevinpate
07-16-2011, 11:57 AM
Did they knowingly serve you being well underaged? Am thinking maybe they served you a "virgin" one and told you it was the real thing as they could get into serious trouble if they served to a minor. Not saying it doesn't/couldn't happen, just surprised is all.

A law violation of alcohol reaching an underage person in a wet county was likely as common as it was in dry counties ... very.

BayAreaOkie
07-19-2011, 12:14 AM
I pray that they don't open another Molly Murphy's -- wouldn't be the same and it would be a futile attempt to try to recapture old memories. There was nothing better than the original Molly Murphy's during the oil boom and the debauchery that went with it. To open one today, would be a watered down, lame a$$ attempt to replicate something that was catching lightning in a bottle.

Prunepicker
07-19-2011, 12:43 AM
I pray that they don't open another Molly Murphy's -- wouldn't be the
same and it would be a futile attempt to try to recapture old memories.
I've noticed that remakes of anything are almost always total failures.

What immediately comes to mind are Hitchcock movies. It's futile.
The true essence is never considered as much as what can we get
away with.

capt_john_97
07-19-2011, 06:09 AM
In all honesty I wouldnt want it to be exactly the same. I do know that several former Molly's employees are trying to open a new restaraunt similar to the old one but updated. It wouldn't even have the same name since the Tayar family still holds the name. I think the time is right though. Everyone can remember how much fun they had there but not how bad the quality had dropped to. Everyone seems to remember how funny the characters were but not how they had become people in costumes not characters. I also think enough people have heard others talk about it but they never went or were never able to go. I think it would have a nice go today.

grantgeneral78
07-22-2011, 08:32 AM
I've noticed that remakes of anything are almost always total failures.

What immediately comes to mind are Hitchcock movies. It's futile.
The true essence is never considered as much as what can we get
away with.

Speaking of comeback failures what has happened to the new "soundtrack" with linda soundtrack I seen a few commercials and now nothing?

BBatesokc
07-22-2011, 08:41 AM
My only visit to Molly Murphy's was on a visit home from Military school in San Marcos Texas. Mom took me there for my birthday (must have been the early 80's). I remember as a young kiddo I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

Local DJ Janet Mathis at KJ103 used to be a waitress there.

RadicalModerate
07-22-2011, 09:02 AM
Speaking of comeback failures what has happened to the new "soundtrack" with linda soundtrack I seen a few commercials and now nothing?

All I know is the one that opened up--briefly--in my neck of the woods (Geez: Did I actually just use the phrase "neck of the woods"? Not only are there no woods around here, but if there were, I doubt that they would have "necks" . . .) closed up shop in no time at all.

Being right next door to Audio Dimensions--the Rolls Royce/Aston Martin Dealership of Musical and Video Appreciation Devices--may have had something to do with it . . . Not that I am implying any sort of "conspiracy" or whatever . . .

Perhaps Sluggo just decided that he didn't want to take up the reins (or reigns?) of the Family Business?

ctchandler
07-22-2011, 09:39 AM
The new Soundtrack was an extension of Audio Dimensions and they hired her to do a few commercials. It apparently wasn't very successful and it is closed. I'm not sure about Audio Dimensensions.
C. T.

Speaking of comeback failures what has happened to the new "soundtrack" with linda soundtrack I seen a few commercials and now nothing?

RadicalModerate
07-22-2011, 09:50 AM
They are still there.
Much like The Liberty Bank location. =)

Thanks for the reply, CT!
I NEVER would have guessed that was the answer.
(Much like that old Sherlock Holmes/Watson joke/riddle involving a tent and the stars. =)

grantgeneral78
07-22-2011, 11:14 AM
I thought maybe I was dreaming when I recalled hearing Linda screaming on tv.....glad to hear (in a way) I am not loosing it.

earlywinegareth
07-22-2011, 11:15 AM
I think MM could make a comeback if done right. From what I recall, the place kinda soured and became cliche. In its last few years, the food wasn't as good, and the waiters/waitresses weren't funny anymore, just annoying and rude.

RadicalModerate
07-22-2011, 11:33 AM
Plus they let the grease (and other stuff that I shall refrain from mentioning in detail) build way up in the kitchen. (Ref: Previous post, this thread)

ctchandler
07-23-2011, 08:37 AM
RadicalModerate, Your Welcome! About a month before it opened there was a nice article about it in the Daily Oklahoman. It's been a while but I believe it was just a new venture for Russell Kim that would carry a less expensive line of products.
C. T.

They are still there.
Much like The Liberty Bank location. =)

Thanks for the reply, CT!
I NEVER would have guessed that was the answer.
(Much like that old Sherlock Holmes/Watson joke/riddle involving a tent and the stars. =)

TeriOKC
08-20-2011, 07:37 AM
I hate to say it, but one thing I remember most about MM's was that they charged you separately for each pat of butter and dollop of sour cream for your baked potato...

capt_john_97
08-21-2011, 09:37 AM
I worked there for many many years on just about every staff and to my knowledge that never happened Teri. I can be wrong of course so i shall consult with others that I know.