When one thinks of the iconic punk rock sound that defines Boston, the Dropkick Murphys inevitably come to mind. At the forefront of this influential group stands lead singer, Ken Casey. He’s not only dedicated to music, but also his community, and he has an incredible love for food. Which is why he’s opened six restaurants!
Dropkick Murphys Musical Rise
Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphys have risen to international stardom. Their biggest hit by far is the classic anthem, “Shipping Up to Boston.” With their distinctive fusion of punk rock and traditional Irish melodies, they’ve created an unmistakable sound that resonates with fans worldwide.
I was fortunate enough to see the Dropkick Murphys all the way in the UK. England specifically. In 2020, I was traveling with my best friend, Elle, and I noticed that they had a show in Alexandra Park. So we booked a hotel, contacted the band and asked if they had any extra tickets. Ken responded immediately and not only gave us tickets, but gave us the backstage experience. We watched the show from side stage and at one point he even called us out ON stage to sing a song with them. It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a show before and the crowd was WILD.
The Philanthropic Work Of Ken Casey
In 2009, Ken co-founded the Claddagh Fund, a charity focused on supporting community-based non-profits with a focus on children’s programs, veterans’ organizations, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Casey’s charity work is a testament to his belief in using his platform for the greater good, embodying the ethos of punk rock by standing up for the marginalized and underrepresented.
But Ken Casey’s Love For Great Food Keeps Him Inspired
While music might be his first love, food runs a close second. In recent years, he’s channeled this passion into opening a series of restaurants. These establishments not only offer mouth-watering dishes but also reflect Casey’s love for Boston and its rich history. It’s a venture that intertwines his love for community, culture, and cuisine, offering fans and foodies alike a taste of his multifaceted persona.
Each restaurant tells a story, much like his songs. The ambiance, the menu, and even the staff’s energy reflect Ken’s unique touch. It’s not just about serving meals; it’s about creating experiences. It’s a place where memories are made, stories are shared, and traditions are forged. And, in many ways, this mirrors Ken’s approach to music and philanthropy: creating spaces where people can connect, share, and grow.
Here are seven of Ken Casey’s restaurants that maybe you’ve visited already, and if you haven’t, you should go there on your next dinner date!
Added to this article: A few of Ken Casey’s restaurants have closed down over the years. McGreevy’s near Fenway Park is one of them. Lion’s Tail has now been turned into a Yellow Door Taqueria. Whiskey Republic in Providence is no longer in operation.