Of course, the art / decor in restaurants is not as important as the food and drink, but it does often have a lasting impression on us. Hence, here are five notable creations at local restaurants and cafes.
The big coffee cup atop Stone Creek Factory
Every time I see this, I think of the "Leave It To Beaver" episode when the Beav climbs into a big ol’ steamy cup of soup that’s part of a billboard advertisement. And that thought makes me want to climb inside the Stone Creek cup. Kind of like how I got to stand next to the Wisconsin Gas Light flame – only more life threatening.
Mader’s suits of armor
According to a sign in the German bar and restaurant, these suits are worth $20,000 and were worn by the Silver Knight of Augsburg in the 1500s. I wonder if anyone’s attempted to try them on after a few boots of bier?
The La Perla pepper
The quarter-eating pepper was created by celebrated Milwaukee artist Demitra Copoulos. Just don't jump on after too many margaritas or you might un-swallow into your sombrero.
The spoon and cherry at Kopp’s
This is a classic custard-shop creation that, unlike the pepper, is not ridable. Or climbable. Or a usable utensil. (Unless you're a giant or a Jumbotron.) It’s just there for your viewing pleasure.
The Burt Reynolds’ photo at the Safe House
In the ladies room of this spy-themed bar and restaurant, there’s a large, porno-style photo of Burt Reynolds with a metal heart covering his cannonballs. It seems like you can peek behind the heart, but if you try, well, let’s just say the entire restaurant will know. But do it anyway. Gently.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.