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After months of blood, sweat and tears, new owner Nate Fried welcomed friends and family Sunday night to check out Angelo's Lounge, 1686 N. Van Buren St. Fried, who also owns Hybrid next door to Angelo's, leased the business from Angelo Martellano, Jr., the son of the original owner and namesake of the bar, Angelo Martellano, Sr. The elder Martellano passed away in January.
Remodeling the legendary lounge was a tricky task. Structural issues as well as a general need for a facelift – considering the bar had not been remodeled in decades – left Fried walking the fine line between maintaining the classic-ness while welcoming the fresh and new.
"I didn't want it to feel like IKEA," Fried told OnMilwaukee.
Lucky for everyone, the new Angelo's does not feel anything like IKEA – or any chain for that matter. Although almost every inch of the space was resurfaced, the vibe remains lounge-y and mid-century modern. Fried made some smart moves like putting the piano / performance space in the center of the south wall and highlighting the original bar as the focal point of the space overall.
The walls are adorned with a few black-and-white gems of Martellano's along with meaningful pieces from Fried's life as well. The blank space on the vintage-inspired wallpapered walls remind patrons that Angelo's is not only an homage to the past, but wide open to what the future will bring.
Angelo's opens to the public on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and will be open every evening of the week.
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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.