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Kenny Mitchell / Murphy's Irish Pub

Posted on Dec 26,2007
Filed Under Local Leaders , Community,

712 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

About Kenny Mitchell:

If you have ever visited Murphy’s Irish Pub on King Street, chances are you have met some of the friendliest people in the area. One of those people is Murphy’s General Manager, Kenny Mitchell. Mitchell is originally from Ireland; however he has a passport full of European countries such as Germany, France and Spain where he focused much attention on his football career. Mitchell ventured into the States to visit a friend; while here Mitchell started working at Murphy’s Pub in Old Town, Alexandria. 6 ½ years later Mitchell has settled down in the Del Ray area, with his wife, which he now calls home.

About Murphy’s:
Murphy’s fits the exact description of what a pub should be: good food, good drinks, and good people. You can’t find a more casual, laid back atmosphere. Imagine sipping a Guinness, the fire is crackling, and music in the background to get you in the spirit. At Murphy’s you just feel like you belong!

Business Philosophy:
“We are a family style restaurant or a home away from home,” says Mitchell. Murphy’s wants its customers to come in and sit next to the fire and sing along with all the others like a big family.

Why did you choose to do this?
“I have worked in restaurants my whole life.” Growing up Mitchell’s parents wanted him to get a job when he was young. In Ireland you were able to get a job at a restaurant as early as age 15, so that is what he did and has loved it ever since. “As an Irishman you can travel the world as a bartender because you can find an Irish pub anywhere.”

Why Alexandria?
Mitchell has always wanted to come to the States, but chose Alexandria because he had a friend in the area. “I felt very comfortable here and liked the people. Over all I enjoy the experience of the area. Old Town is a beautiful town, isn’t it?”

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