He’s seen it all, he’s been though it all. If there’s one individual that has proven to be resilient through major tough times, it’s none other than Danny Murphy of Danny’s Steakhouse in Red Bank. Often considered a living legend by his contemporaries, friends, customers, and family members, it’s a fitting attribution because his business continues to push through 50 years strong.
From the recession of 2008, as well as the destructive nature of super storm Sandy back in 2012, Danny’s Steakhouse has thrived through the adversity. Even when plans for a new apartment complex were drawn up, putting his restaurant in peril, he never once backed down and again showed his tenacity to survive.
However, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is a total beast that he, or no one else has ever seem — making it a formidable adversity, and this living legend is no exception. “I like most of the country has never experienced anything like this. The only thing my industry is doing is now we have to adjust, and find out what to do now to keep ourselves alive,” said Murphy. Talking about surviving through the recession of 2008, he said, “It wasn’t a training ground for what’s going on today. This is an entirely different ballgame, this is something that no one ever expected to see.”
“It wasn’t a training ground for what’s going on today. This is an entirely different ballgame, this is something that no one ever expected to see.”-Danny Murphy, Danny’s Steakhouse
His sentiments are shared with the many other business owners we’ve interviewed. Being a people person, Danny has that approachable personality that shines best when he’s chatting up with his customers. If you’ve ever been to Danny’s for dinner, you know he has a habit of going around tables, talking to people, ad making sure they’re satisfied with the experience.
“At my age and how long I’ve been around, if anyone gets sick in this place, it’s going to me first. I know that sounds silly, but I don’t want anybody else to suffer through this,” said Murphy. “But it’s my concern for my family. We’re doing everything we can to stay distant. There’s no hugs, there’s nothing.” And that’s the toughest part about this, our desire to be close to the ones we love.
“Although I’m in competition with all the restaurants around, I just want to tell you to support your local restaurants.”Danny Murphy, Danny’s Steakhouse
Despite the challenges ahead, Murphy insists helping out the community. “I’ve always promoted Red Bank and supported Red Bank. And although I’m in competition with all the restaurants around, I just want to tell you to support your local restaurants. Have delivery service for food, come and pick it up yourself to just to get the hell out of the house for a little bit of air.”
Who knows when we’ll return to our normal way of life, but if you ever get the chance to chit chat with the legend himself, he’ll have plenty of stories about the community he loves.