Today Murphy acknowledged the split in an email that didn't get into specifics:
Yes, it’s true… after nine years, I have left the Ritz Carlton New Orleans.
I am moving on to begin my own project and a new career path.
I have had some great times at the Ritz Carlton and I will miss all of the friends, my Ritz family and the amazing talents and support. It was great working with such a fantastic team of people.
I am especially grateful for the hotel’s support while I was extremely ill and hospitalized in 2009. During such a difficult time, it was comforting to have the hotel and community rally around me and my family.
Since leaving the hotel, I have been able to spend some time with my family and take a much-needed vacation.
Over the years, I have built up incredible ties with the local community, as well as the farmers, fishermen and grass roots suppliers — and I look forward to continuing these relationships.
I am excited about the new opportunities coming my way and I will continue to keep everyone up to date as things progress.
So ... still clear as mud. Meanwhile, Russell Miller, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, tells McNulty: “Our restaurant will continue as M Bistro, but it won’t be M Bistro by Matt Murphy."