Kristyn and Mike Eitel formed a new partnership and purchased The Sports Channel on Upper Nemahbin Lake outside of Oconomowoc in the Village of Summit.
The couple renamed the space and quietly opened Panga Bar and Grill, 34422 Delafield Rd., on Friday, June 5, and plan to open Nomad Boardsports later this summer in a building at the same location.
Nomad Boardsports will be a bait shop, board and boat rental facility and offer a variety of water-related merchandise, sundries and apparel. Eventually lessons and tours will be available as well.
The couple was engaged on the lake while paddle-boarding during the fall of 2013.
"It’s just such an amazing location and was already very special to us," Mike Eitel said. "I’ve been coming to this bar since my early childhood – my grandparents used to live on the lake and we would stop in for a burger after fishing or grab minnows at the bait shop on our way out."
The Eitels are long-time operators of bars and restaurants in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. Kristyn is a partner at all three BelAir Cantinas as well as Fink’s and helps lead Mojofuco Restaurant Group.
Mike has opened over a dozen places in the Milwaukee area over the last 20 years and late last year left his position as co-CEO of the Lowlands Group to refocus on his original Nomad concept.
The Eitels have big plans for their new ventures.
"The hope is to figure out the to best way to deal with runoff from the road and parking lot, mitigate the impact the buildings currently have on the shoreland and water ecosystem, and still create a great space serving great products to the community," says Mike.
Panga Bar and Grill is currently open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
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.