By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Popular Middle Eastern restaurant, Casablanca, 728 E. Brady St., is currently undergoing a major renovation project.

Owner Alaa Musa says construction crews are working "around the clock" to have the massive undertaking finished in time for Brady Street Festival, July 28.

A second floor will be added to the structure and will feature a full service bar, a lounge and banquet space. There will also be a front terrace and a side patio extending over the parking lot on the west side of the structure.

"The menu will be the same, but with additional items," says Musa.

Casablanca started out on Mitchell Street and continues to be a family-owned restaurant today.

Despite the major changes, the business remains open. Stop in for the lunch buffet – it's one of my favorites in the city.

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.