Bounce Milwaukee, a bar, restaurant and recreational facility in Bay View, will close temporarily starting Sunday evening until COVID-19 is under control.
Co-owner Becky Cooper Clancy says Bounce has not had a single case reported, but feels it is in the best interest of their employees and the community to cease service.
"There’s a sense of impending doom, wondering when it’s going to impact you. We decided it made more sense to keep our employees safe and shut down in a controlled manner rather than in chaos with people getting sick, and to do it while there’s still a financial possibility of reopening on the other side," says Clancy.
Thus, Sunday, Aug. 2 will be Bounce's last day of operation for a while and 100 percent of all food sales will go directly to the six remaining employees. The full menu will be available for pick-up or delivery.
"They’ll get 100 percent from sales on Sunday, plus two weeks severance, in addition to their regular pay," says Clancy. "We’ll be donating any remaining ingredients either to Ayuda Mutua or we’ll make the remaining ingredients into ready-to-serve-food and take it to protests on Monday."
The menu includes a variety of pizzas like the Loaded Tot (in the photo above) and The Milverine topped with sausage, pepperoni, bacon and chicken breast. Bounce also offers salads, quesadillas, specialty tots and more.
Check out Bounce's full menu here.
"We need a cohesive state and federal response so other businesses and employees can prioritize health. We don’t know if our decision makes an impact in that, but at least we aren’t contributing to the problem," says Clancy.
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.