The original J.G. Melon, located at the corner of 74th Street and Third Avenue since 1972, has long been the only place in the world where a customer could buy one of the pub’s famous hamburgers.* But earlier this year, news broke that brothers and longtime restaurateurs Danny and Steve Abrams would open a second location, this one downtown at the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal. When Grub Street first talked to the duo about the project in March, they said they were aiming for a June opening. They didn’t miss the mark by too much: Their team sends word that the new Melon’s will open for business on July 20.
They also say that the new location will serve the same menu as the original location, with the notable addition of desserts from Magnolia Bakery (which is owned by Steve Abrams). Also: Melon’s owner Jack O’Neill isn’t involved with the new expansion; instead, the Abrams will run the new spot alongside longtime Melon’s manager Shaun Young.
Lastly, as you probably already know, this brand-new Melon will only be the first of many. In the opening announcement, the team says they will “continue to expand the brand over the next year.” If the burgers and the atmosphere manage to approximate the timeworn original, that won’t be such a bad thing.
*This post has been corrected to show the restaurant is at the corner of 74th Street, not 72nd.