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After an initial 2-2 split, the Common Council's License Committee voted Monday to send the Class B Tavern Dance application for the A-1 Supper Club and Ultra Lounge to a full council vote without a recommendation. A-1 is a proposed new eatery and dance club on Milwaukee's East Side.
Ald. Nik Kovac, Ald. Tony Zielinski and committee chair Ald. Jim Bohl voted for the motion, while. Ald. Milele Coggs voted against it. Ald. Ashanti Hamilton was excused.
The full council must still vote on whether or not to grant the license. It is rare for the committee to send the application to the council without endorsement. Most liquor license applications are either supported or denied by the committee.
Marc A. Brown -- who owns the Silverstein Group with his mother, Marcia Bacon -- hopes to open the restaurant and dance club in the former WOW Cafe and Wingery, 2116 N. Farwell Ave. If Brown receives the license, he will include a dance floor and live entertainment in his new "upscale but intimate" venue.
The East Side Association executive director Jim Plaisted noted that his membership voted 10-0 against the dance club license portion of the A-List application.
Several neighbors and groups attended the committee meeting and expressed conflicting opinions. About a half-dozen neighbors were concerned about having a "night club" near their homes. However, several spoke in favor, including former Mayor Marvin Pratt, who said he has known the family for generations and that they were "positive people."
"With our pedigree, we did not expect to have this much opposition," says Brown.
Brown is the former owner of the dance club, Onyx, 3120 W. Villard Ave., and a restaurant, Onyx 2, 3500 N. Teutonia Ave.
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.