By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 11, 2017 at 2:16 PM

Two new businesses will open this summer on Murray Avenue on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Michael Vitucci, who owns Whiskey Bar, The Belmont, Murphy’s and Caffrey’s, will open Izzy Hops Swig and Nosh inside the space that formerly housed Rascals, 2311 N. Murray Ave., in early August.

Vitucci will partner with Divino’s Wine and Dine to create a gastropub menu developed by Chef Tyler Cutsforth that will lean on the "healthier side of pub food." The Pub will have a cozy feel and offer a comfortable environment for sports watching.

"It will be a great neighborhood pub," says Vitucci.

Kawa Ramen and Sushi will also open this summer in the former Winchester space. This will be the second restaurant for Linjin Xiao, who also owns Kawa Japanese Restaurant on East Silver Spring Drive.

Kawa will offer a full range of both traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine.

"Our plan is to use the freshest and highest quality ingredients" said Linjin.

Lin invited Chef Lu from Tokyo from Yamato Noodle School to assist with his new project. They plan to renovate over the next three months and create a "cutting edge design."

"We are excited to be a part the growing changes and progressive development on the East Side," says Linjin.

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.