It’s been a tough year for Marc Murphy, who closed his West Village fish shack-style restaurant Ditch Plains last week, just months after shuttering his Tribeca restaurant to the public. According to a sign on Ditch Plains’ door, Murphy was unable to come to terms with the landlord for a lease renewal.
Murphy opened Ditch Plains 12 years ago with a Montauk feel, eventually expanding to the Upper West Side, though he closed that location three years later also due to a rent hike. The sign on the West Village outpost says the restaurant is “actively looking for a new home” for its casual seafood tacos, burgers, and sandwiches — plus the infamous mac-and-cheese hot dogs. Eater has reached out for more information on where.
This closure means Murphy, a regular judge on Food Network’s Chopped, is down to one restaurant in New York City, Landmarc. The Columbus Circle American restaurant serves bistro fare like pasta and salad. The flagship Tribeca outpost of the restaurant closed to the public in 2017 after 13 years; it remains available for private events.