Brothers Danny and Kevin Murphy were honoured by Holland College recently with the naming of the Danny & Kevin Murphy Café and Commons at the Tourism & Culinary Centre.
The well-known businessmen joined together to make a $200,000 gift to the Holland College Foundation for Nourish, a capital campaign to revitalize The Culinary Institute of Canada, which concluded earlier this year. Danny Murphy founded D.P. Murphy Inc. in 1980 with the opening of two Tim Hortons restaurants on PEI. That same year, Murphy Hospitality Group was started by his brother, Kevin, with one restaurant.
Today, the Murphy brothers have, with their families, grown empires that encompass restaurants, franchises, and hotels.
Located on the lower level of the Tourism & Culinary Centre, the Danny & Kevin Murphy Café and Commons is a high traffic gathering space for students and staff, and a busy venue for internal and external events.
Nourish, a $7.5 million initiative to revitalize The Culinary Institute of Canada, was made possible through private donors, the Government of Canada, and the Province of PEI. Renovations to approximately 8,500 square feet have been completed, including an expansion to incorporate a state-of-the-art butchery, a cold cuisine production kitchen, and more than $1.8 million in the latest technology and equipment. The dining room has also been expanded, and the cafeteria has been redesigned to better replicate the modern food service environment.