Irish pub J.G. Melon recently made the startling announcement that the bar will be opening a second West Village outpost. The New York classic, known for its burgers and homey interior, has seen little change since it opened 1972, but the owners of the new outpost, who are not the owners of the original, have grand expansion plans. Danny Abrams (of Mermaid Inn) and his brother Steve (CEO of Magnolia Bakery) revealed to Grub Street that not only do they have three or four more Manhattan outposts planned, but that they also want to buy the original location once owner Jack O'Neill is ready to sell it. The Abrams insist that the new bar will maintain the cozy feel and great burgers of the original. Regulars will be able to judge that for themselves when the West Village location opens in June.
There are three or four more locations planned for Manhattan.