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Melman brothers partner with Joe's Bar for latest project

By Phil Vettel

Tribune critic

7:40 AM CST, January 26, 2012

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R.J. and Jerrod Melman, already a huge presence in River North with Hub 51, Paris Club and the opening-in-February RPM Italian, are working on yet another project in the neighborhood.

The two are taking over the old Frankie Z's spot (435 N. Clark St.) and creating a country concept. And, this just in, they're partnering with Ed Warm and Tom DiSanto, founder of Joe's Bar, the live-music country venue on Weed Street.

The principals aren't saying whether the River North concept will feature live music. But, really, why else would Warm and DiSanto be interested?

We are promised "the best in country music," live or otherwise, and a menu that will feature barbecue and Southern-inspired dishes. (Let's hope the brothers' dad, Rich Melman, has a few Bub City recipes in his file cabinet.)

The new, as-yet-unnamed concept is aiming for a summer debut. My question: Do Dixie beer longnecks qualify as bottle service?