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 started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.