About Murphys History

Murphy’s has a long and rich history, beginning in about 1890. JI Gardner originally built the Murphys building as a Mercantile and General Store with the saying ‘all goods guaranteed to be first class’. The building was renovated and the mezzanine was added in 1904! That is one vintage structure! Fork in the Road Inc. bought Murphys Restaurant from Mr. Paul Murphy in 1997 and it remains an historic landmark with exquisite cuisine, living up to the saying ‘all goods guaranteed to be first class’, to this day.


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Meet Our Chef Clifford Shields

Chef Clifford Shields was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona. Raised in a local ranching family, Clifford started helping his mother and grandmother cook for their family at age 4. He quickly developed a fascination with food, cooking, and kitchens. Clifford has worked in the Culinary Arts field his whole life, with over 35 years’ experience, including 9 years with Murphy’s, 4 years at El Chorro Lounge in Paradise Valley, and 5 years as a personal chef for CNN founder Ted Turner. He is “passionate about cooking good food and bringing joy to others through that food”. You won’t want to miss what he is serving up tonight!