Business & Finance

Yorktown's Destination Bistro, Murphy's Merge Restaurants

Patrick Murphy, co-owner of Murphy’s Restaurant, and Rob Del Balzo, owner of Destination Bistro, have joined forces. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

Nothing good usually comes from gossip, but in the case of Murphy’s Restaurant and Destination Bistro, it was a rumor generated from a Facebook group that brought the two food establishments together.

A rumor circulated online that Destination Bistro was closing, but before owner Rob Del Balzo could correct the record, the rumor had already spread to his friends and colleagues in the restaurant business.

Patrick Murphy, co-owner of Murphy’s Restaurant, heard the rumor and told close friends of Del Balzo that if Destination Bistro was indeed closing, Del Balzo and his staff were welcome to run the kitchen at Murphy’s.

Sign Up for E-News

While the rumor about his restaurant was untrue, Del Balzo began to ponder a partnership with Murphy’s and had trouble finding a reason the two shouldn’t join forces. Del Balzo, a New York Times-reviewed chef who has been featured on many cooking shows, including “Chopped,” was delighted at the prospect of cooking full-time and letting Murphy handle the business side of things.

Murphy agreed and a partnership was born. Destination Bistro will close its doors Dec. 31, and the following day will bring most of its menu and kitchen staff about a mile down the road to Murphy’s Restaurant. Murphy, his three siblings who co-own the restaurant, and Del Balzo will be equal partners in the restaurant as well as Del Balzo’s catering business.

“We hammered it out pretty quickly,” Murphy said. “It’s a golden opportunity for both of us.”

Murphy called it the “best of both worlds,” as Del Balzo has excelled in the kitchen while Murphy’s is known more for its hospitality and nightlife.

“It was kind of an easy merge,” Murphy said. “You’re taking his strength and my strength.”

Jan. 1 will be somewhat of a homecoming for Del Balzo, who worked in the same kitchen 15 years ago when the restaurant was still known as Hanover. That restaurant eventually closed and Murphy’s opened up in 2006.

For now, the restaurant will remain under the Murphy’s banner. And you can stop suggesting Destination Murphy’s, which has already been suggested to Murphy and Del Balzo dozens of times, the two joked.

Del Balzo said the new-look Murphy’s Restaurant menu will be a “marriage” of Destination Bistro’s and Murphy’s current menus. Many have already lobbied for Del Balzo to keep Murphy’s shepherd’s pie, as well as his crab cakes.

Additionally, “We’re going to introduce new stuff to Yorktown,” Del Balzo said.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


An 'Air of Hypocrisy' at Town Hall

February 22, 2018

There is an air of hypocrisy blowing over Yorktown and it is coming from town hall. Over the past couple of weeks, I questioned the “temporary” hiring of the Oxman Law Group as legal counsel to Yorktown in a purported “interim” capacity. I have had comments of support and comments questioning my motivation. Rather than have people guess, I would like to be ...

The DACA Dilemma and the Trick of the Trickle-Down Theory

Here is our very own Sen. Charles Schumer on the Senate floor last week: “President Trump has stood in the way of a bipartisan solution to DACA, a problem he created in the first place, and yet the president is in this dream world. He thinks, ‘Oh, I can blame Democrats for the impasse.’ As I said, only in the 1984 world where up is down and black is white could this be true.

A Gold Medal for Jerry

Time advances at a relentless pace. It seems like life moves as though through a movie projector operating at triple speed. As Virgil commented, “It flies never to be regained.” We desperately try to slow its unyielding march by celebrating milestones: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, etc. The hope is that we can somehow slow the process, take a breath and enjoy the ...

I Love 'I Hate Halet'

Let’s face it, folks. Not everyone loves Shakespeare. Not even all actors. Andrew Rally is one of them. In fact, where there’s a Will, there’s a way Andrew will find to avoid acting in one of those famously timeless plays. And for good reason. Shakespeare tests, to the fullest, an actor’s mettle, and Andrew is strictly a TV actor.

He has just ended a star turn in the ...

I Am Woman, Hair Me Roar

When you have short hair, it is inevitable that you will spend an inordinate amount of time growing your hair out and then getting fed up and cutting it again. I have been down this hair-brained road several dozen times before, complaining for months until I am convinced my husband is going to cut it all off while I sleep just so he doesn’t have to listen to me whine about it one more ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall , Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Indoor Farmers Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Sat, February 24, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Heights

Kids Hamantash Bake

Religions And Spirituality Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

February 21, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...