When you stop in to F.X. McRory’s Steak Chop and Oyster House for a meal or a drink, chances are Mick McHugh will be there to greet you — as he has since the first day the restaurant opened in November 1977.
Mick’s history as a Seattle restaurateur began in 1969 when he and his then-partner, Tim Firnstahl, opened Bellevue's El Nido Inn in Eastgate. In 1971, they closed El Nido and spent the next four years researching their next move, Jake O'Shaughnessey's Restaurant, which opened in 1975 by the Seattle Center and became the city's hottest restaurant.
In 1977, they opened F.X. McRory's Steak Chop & Oyster House opposite the Kingdome in Pioneer Square, where it still sits today (though the Kingdome has been replaced by the much prettier CenturyLink Field).
On October 24th, 1988 in order to divide their restaurant properties, Mick and Tim flipped a coin flip off Seattle's Space Needle. Mick retained F.X.
A native of Seattle, Mick McHugh graduated from Seattle University in 1965 and continues to be active in the community.
The F.X. McRory building was constructed in 1906 for the Stewart and Holmes Drug Company, one of the city’s largest and oldest enterprises.
And, as incongruous as it may seem, Stewart and Holmes was Seattle’s largest wholesaler of fine American whiskeys. Immediately west of this property was “Madame Damnable’s” house of ill repute. In 1929 McKesson- Robbins purchased the McRory building from the Stewart and Holmes Drug Company, and owned it until 1977.