By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM

There was a lot of buzz on the East Side this week. Yesterday, I reported on The Drive Thru, opening soon in the former Sil's structure. Today, there's a litany of happenings to share.

Melthouse Bistro, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant at 1857 E. Kenilworth Pl., will launch a new, made-from-scratch brunch menu this weekend. The sandwiches are made with lots of local, brunchy foods like bacon, eggs, French toast and / or a variety of Wisconsin cheeses. Plus, if you bring your mom in this weekend or next weekend for brunch, she'll get a free mimosa.

Last summer, we reported that Simple Cafe was on the way, and, despite delays and according to sources, it's still in the works. We also heard that there's an "Asian restaurant" going in next door. More on that soon.

Two Bucks, a franchise from Ohio, is "not quite open yet but will be soon" as stated on its voice mail. The restaurant will open in the former Dogs Bollocks' space, 2321 N. Murray Ave., and will offer supposedly-affordable pub food like burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, flatbreads and an item that looks particularly appealing to me called "vodka battered onion rings." I'm in!

Finally, Hotch-A-Do, 1813 E. Kenilworth Pl., is in the middle of the remodel project and will reopen in June under the name The Place. It will have more of a bar feel than a restaurant feel.

That's all we have for now. Have a great weekend, Milwaukee.

-- Jeff Sherman contributed to this report.

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.