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Molly Murphy's House of Fine Repute
The Molly's Story

By Jeffiee Tayar 
Palm Desert, CA

Sitting at my desk, being totally bored, I decided to enter "Molly Murphy's House of Fine Repute" on the internet and just see what came up. Lord! What a surprise to find it has been the topic of conversation.

Well, I can tell you the REAL story of Molly's. My husband, Bob, and I opened it in OKC in 1976. We opened the one in Tulsa about 2 years later. The oil bust in the eighties caused us financial problems because we had just built a 2 million dollar Mexican restaurant in OKC...so we had to liquidate all our business, except for Molly's in Oklahoma City.

It was the goose that laid the golden egg. It was successful for 20 years. The problem came after KFOR wanted an interview and Bob, knowing he did not legally have to grant an interview refused and physically threw a reporter and cameraman out the door. He was arrested and it was all shown on the news, for several days, and painted Bob in a really bad light. Business went down so badly that we had to close on Jan 1, 1996.

It was like losing a part of the family. We loved the business. We did sue Ch. 4 and finally had our day in court and won. It is still in appeals at this time. During the 8 years since having such a disgraceful closing, times have been very difficult. Bob and I divorced after 37 years of marriage. We both live here in the desert and he has remarried and plays a lot of golf. I work. I say I always wanted to be a wealthy widow, but he struggled so every time I put the pillow over his head...I finally had to divorce him!

I have thought several times about compiling a book of all the kids who once worked at Molly's. They were all such bright people and most have gone on to be very successful in their careers. When I remember Molly's I always get teary-eyed. It was such a special place and such a special time in our lives. Well, it WAS our life!

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