By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Aug 25, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Twenty years ago, Hi-Hat Lounge, 1701 N. Arlington Pl., opened as a martini and cocktail bar, but over the span of two decades, it expanded into an East Side go-to for food, craft cocktails and locally- and nationally-brewed beers at the attached Hi-Hat Garage.

Hi-Hat expanded with the Garage in 2008 and added an outdoor bar to their patio, called The Parkhaus, last summer. Jameson Tramm, Hi-Hat chef, recently introduced a new, everything-made-from-scratch menu which includes buffalo chicken wontons and pork poutine.

"Long story short, we are always evolving yet still Hi-Hat," says Andy Menchal, director of operations for MojoFuco.

In celebration, Hi-Hat Lounge will host a block party on Saturday, Sept. 2. The 20-year anniversary bash will take place from 1 to 10 p.m.on Arlington Place and will feature DJs, live music, beer, food and an Old Fashioned contest.

Local bands include Rusty Pelicans, Tigernite, Negative/Positive along with DJs Why B, E- Rich and Kiki Champ.

Special Lakefront Brewery tappings will take place at 2 p.m. with a Brewers Series Dopplebock, 4 p.m. with Dirty Uncle Jim’s Chocolate Pumpkin, 6 p.m. Brewers Series Peach Wheat, and 8 p.m. with Black Friday 2016.

Old Fashioned samples will be available from The Diplomat, Boone & Crockett, Vanguard, Finks, DiModa, La Masa, Balzac, Malone’s, Phoenix Cocktail Club and Hi-Hat Lounge/Garage. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m. during the bash.

"We have partnered with many of our favorite Milwaukee buddies to bring a truly unique event," says Menchal. "We have always been proud supporters of Milwaukee and look forward to sharing this milestone anniversary with the community. "

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.