Pat Murray of Murray’s Steakhouse Dies at 72

Pat Murray, son of the restaurant’s founders, died Monday at his home in Lake Elmo.

Pat Murray, owner of iconic downtown steakhouse Murray’s Restaurant, has died.

“In this time of transition, we regret to inform that Pat Murray, beloved son of founders Marie and Art Murray, passed away yesterday,” the restaurant wrote Tuesday on its Facebook page. “He will be deeply missed.”

Murray, age 72, died at his home in Lake Elmo, according to a report by the Star Tribune. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year.

Murray’s parents opened the restaurant on Sixth Street in 1946, and he joined them in running the business in 1960. The restaurant is known to many for its turquoise façade with a giant image of the restaurant’s iconic “silver butter knife steak.”

The restaurant has attracted many members of Minnesota’s professional sports teams, politicians like Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, and celebrities including Billy Joel and Harrison Ford, according to the Star Tribune.

Murray’s children, Tim, Jill, and James, now run the family-owned restaurant, which closed at the end of July to undergo significant renovations. It will reopen in September. (For in-depth details on the history of Murray’s and its upcoming renovation, watch for the September issue of Twin Cities Business, which will hit newsstands later this month.)

In addition to his role at the restaurant, Murray has served as chairman of Minneapolis’ convention and visitor’s association and on the board of directors of the city’s chamber of commerce, according to the restaurant’s website. In 2005, Murray was inducted into the Minnesota Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.

He also operated a second company, Woodbury-based Service Ideas, Inc., which supplies hotels and restaurants with service industry products.

“On behalf of the Murray family and Service Ideas team, with deep sadness, comforted by the memory of his incredible life, we share the passing of Pat Murray from this world into the rewards of eternity,” the company wrote on its website.