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Who is Mel?
We frequently are asked the above question, and while the simple answer is, "Our Chef's grandfather," it really doesn't serve as a complete explanation. Mel was a regular guy who enjoyed the simpler things in life. He was a firm believer that nothing can substitute a handshake when making a deal, a hug when a person is in need, and the sound of a group of friends laughing at the recollection of a past experience. Today's digital world sees contracts being signed electronically, compassion being showed with an emoji, and levels of hilarity being expressed by texting multiple H's and A's. It is an increasingly impersonal world that we live in, and Mel wouldn't have liked it. However, what technology has not replaced, and never will be able to, is the experience of heading down to your favorite watering hole with your friends, grabbing a table or bellying up to the bar, clinking glasses, and whiling away the hours while you imbibe. It is this shared experience, this age old tradition that is at the heart of Mel's. We at Mel's believe that life is personal, and we aimed to build a restaurant that supported that belief. Our standard was simple; build a restaurant that Mel would have been happy to go to by himself. A place that when he felt like getting out of the house, the destination would never be in question. To us that is the sign of a truly great neighborhood spot, and we are confident that Mel would have been a regular. Whether you are a group of friends going out for a celebratory brunch fueled by Bloody Mary's and Mimosas, a grandparent treating their grandkid to an afternoon milkshake, or you are sitting at the bar for a great burger and craft beer while you watch the game, Mel's is there. The fact of the matter is Mel is every man or woman who appreciates the simpler moments in life, and it is those individuals for whom we built this restaurant.


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  • Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold
  • Angry Orchard Cider
  • 2Rds No Limits Hef
  • Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
  • Flying Dog Numero Uno
  • Victory Hop Devil Nitro
  • Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner
  • Mel’s Pale Ale
  • Lionshead Pilsner
  • Left Hand Milk Stout
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Ithaca Flower Power
  • Full Sail Amber
  • Ninkasi Dawn of the Red
  • Ace Apple Cider
  • Omission Lager
  • Omission Pale Ale
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Otter Creek Copper Ale
  • Smuttynose Brown Dog
  • Smuttynose IPA
  • Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA
  • Stone Go To IPA
  • Southern Tier 2XIPA
  • Sugar Hill Golden Ale
  • Mendocino Black Hawk Stout
  • Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
  • Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale
  • Ace Seasonal
  • Allagash White
  • Bear Republic Hop Red Rye
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
  • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
  • Bluepoint Blueberry
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
  • Bud Light
  • Budweiser
  • Flying Dog Raging Bitch
  • Tröegs Hopback Amber
  • 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die
  • Sixpoint Bengali Tiger
  • Sankaty Light
  • Rolling Rock
  • Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale
  • Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil Yella Pils
  • Oskar Blues Dale’s PA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Cisco Whale’s Tale
  • Brew Bus Rolling Dirty Red Ale
  • Butternuts Pork Slap
  • Boulder Hazed and Infused PA
  • 21st Amendment Back in Black
  • Sixpoint Sweet Action

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Interested in a private event? Mel's Burger Bar can accommodate 12 to 200 people for any occasion!

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