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J.G. Melon To Open UWS Outpost This Summer

By Nicole Levy | May 15, 2017 11:35am
 A third J.G. Melon location is opening in late June or early July at 480 Amsterdam Ave.
A third J.G. Melon location is opening in late June or early July at 480 Amsterdam Ave.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — One of the city's most iconic hamburgers will soon be served on the Upper West Side.

A third J.G. Melon location is coming to 480 Amsterdam Ave. this summer, according to multiple sources. Founders John "Jack" O'Neill and George Morgues opened the original pub and hamburger joint in 1972 at 1291 Third Ave. on the Upper East Side, where it became famous for its beef patties, brusque service, long lines and cramped barroom.

Franchisers Danny and Steve Abrams, and Shaun Young — the latter who managed the Upper East Side pub for more than three decades — opened a second J.G. Melon at 89 MacDougal St. in Greenwich Village in 2015.

The Abrams brothers, who both live on the Upper West Side, and their partner are behind the third upcoming location, a restaurant spokeswoman confirmed.

The new restaurant will open at 480 Amsterdam Ave. in late June or early July, depending on any complications that arise when site construction begins, general manager Scott Dansby said.

The site is a few blocks south of The Mermaid Inn, a popular seafood spot that Dan Abrams owns and co-manages with his wife. 

Diners can expect the menu at the newest J.G. Melon to be "about 90 percent the same as uptown and it's going to be pretty close to downtown," said Dansby, who also manages the downtown location.

The space will tentatively accommodate 15 tables, with 42 seats and 18 seats at the bar, according to minutes from a meeting of the Community Board 7 business and consumer issues committee. The expected hours of operation are 10 to 12 a.m. on weekdays and 10 to 2 a.m. on weekends, although those could change, Dansby warned.

Deliveries will likely not start immediately upon opening, he said.

J.G. Melon's arrival on the Upper West Side was first reported by the West Side Rag