Shots were fired outside of a popular Upper East Side restaurant on Saturday when a customer refused to give his watch to thieves, according to the police. The incident happened outside JG Melon, a well-known hamburger spot on the corner of 74th Street and Third Avenue, just before 4 p.m.
According to police sources, two individuals approached a 22-year-old man who was waiting for a table and demanded that he hand over his watch. A physical altercation occurred, and the instigators fired one round. Fortunately, no one was injured by the gunfire. The suspects then fled on a moped heading southbound on Third Avenue. As of now, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
JG Melon is a famous New York City restaurant that has many celebrity regulars, including Food Network host Bobby Flay. Despite the incident, the cash-only eatery remained open for dinner on Saturday night. When contacted by phone, the restaurant said they were too busy with the “dinner rush” to comment on the situation.
The restaurant, which opened in 1972, is known for its popular burgers and cottage fries, often attracting long lines of hungry New Yorkers. JG Melon was originally a post-Prohibition-era tavern and was featured in the 1979 film “Kramer v Kramer,” starring Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman.
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