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Business Spotlight: Everybody is a little Irish, and welcome, at Murphy’s

Published October 16, 2019

Blue Moon Bakery’s Owners Give New Life to Murphy’s Tavern

If you have ever stopped in Silverthorne for a quick breakfast or lunch before a big day skiing, snowboarding, hiking or fishing, chances are you’ve been to Blue Moon Bakery. Owners Ben and Kim Reil have been serving up high-quality, freshly baked goods there since 2004. The Blue Moon Bakery team recently took ownership of another Silverthorne eatery, Murphy’s.  

The Silverthorne community has been very excited to welcome the Reils to another restaurant in town. Known for their outstanding food and service at Blue Moon, the Reil’s have elevated the offerings at Murphy’s Tavern while maintaining the character of the longtime restaurant.

Ben said, “People know Murphy’s as a part of Silverthorne, like The Mint or the Old Dillon Inn.” So when the chance came along to purchase Murphy’s, they thought it was a great opportunity to bring a little bit of life back into the longstanding restaurant.

A New Life

“Murphy’s has a lot of history, and we are excited to be a part of the old and new of Silverthorne. We are keeping Murphy’s and its history, but bringing life back in with a renovated patio and kitchen,” explained Ben.

Murphy’s, also known as the Fun Hog to locals, has a few distinctive touches, like the decorative pig out front. Locals lobbied to keep the pig, so while the walls have been painted and the kitchen has been remodeled, mainstays like the pig have remained.

The Reils expanded and opened up the patio, one of the largest in Summit County, with incredible views of Buffalo Mountain. The large space is perfect for rehearsal dinners and other events, as well as enjoying a summer evening with friends and family.

Location, Location, Location

The location of Murphy’s, just a few blocks from the new 4th Street Crossing development, has been a big deal to the new owners. Ben said that being located in the heart of the newly envisioned downtown offers a great opportunity, and they are excited to get in before everything gets going. “There are not a lot of restaurant options on that side of town,” Ben noted, “and we wanted to make Murphy’s an option for locals and visitors, especially with the development of the Summit Sky Ranch neighborhood and 4th Street Crossing.”

The Reils also appreciate Murphy’s location adjacent to the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center and the Pavilion.

“Our goal is to attract not just the locals who have always called Murphy’s home, but also guests attending the theater or a wedding. And we’re a place to bring families,” said Ben, who added that they have heard from a lot of locals how excited they are to have the owners of Blue Moon operating Murphy’s and that they can’t wait to come back. “Bring mom or grandma; come after seeing a show at the theater or spending a day on the river. Everybody is welcome at Murphy’s.” 

Silverthorne Community

When not busy running their two businesses in Silverthorne, the Reils are still a big part of the Silverthorne community. They have been showcasing Murphy’s corned beef sliders at several First Friday events this summer, which have helped spread the word about their new ownership.

With all the new development in Silverthorne, one event that has been particularly exciting to the family has been the opening of Maryland Creek Park. The Reils’ have a new home field for soccer at the park and are enjoying having more options for kids and families in town.  

While the Reils are enjoying the new Maryland Creek Park, plenty of locals and visitors are enjoying the updates and upgrades they have made to Murphy’s.

“Kim and I both want to continue to be a part of the town and a positive thing for the town,” Ben said. Based on comments from locals and visitors alike, ranging from the family-friendly atmosphere to the delicious corned beef, the Reils are definitely bringing a positive note to the future of Silverthorne.

See the current menu at, or stop by Murphy’s at 501 Blue River Parkway.