The Butcher Shop gets green light for sit-down breakfasts, lunches

A popular Adams Corner market that opened in November 2009 has won city approval to serve sit-down breakfasts and lunches. The Butcher Shop, which has become a destination for fine Irish and Italian meat products, debuted its 19-seat restaurant — Mrs. Murphy’s Kitchen — on Feb. 21.

Owner Alan Gibson said that the business plan for The Butcher Shop always envisioned sit-down service, but first they had to secure a common victualler license from the city — a hurdle finally cleared last month.

Owner Alan Gibson says that even before Monday’s opening of the restaurant, he was fielding phone calls from customers eager for a new breakfast option in the village.

Mrs. Murphy’s will feature one of the staples of any Irish eatery— a hearty Irish breakfast. They’ll also churn out corned beef hash and eggs, steak and eggs, and a dish Gibson calls “the mother of all omelettes.”

The month of March, of course, will feature a heavy trade in that Irish-American holiday favorite, corned beef.

“We have 3,000 pounds of corned beef to sell and it is our own brand as well. We buy the briskets and cure it ourselves, and we also cure our own Irish boiling bacon and hams,” says Gibson.

“It’s been a tremendous response from the neighborhood,” says the native of Co. Sligo. “And people are also traveling long distances to come here from Cape Cod and New Hampshire. We’re becoming well known because 90 percent of everything we do is done in house. We specialize in fresh products.
People like to watch you cut fresh meats in front of them and see the butcher doing the work as they’re standing there. That’s the difference with us.”

The Butcher Shop will be open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.