By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 22, 2020 at 6:44 PM

Michael Rebers, general manager of the Riverwest Public House, says – short of a miracle – the cooperative bar and community space will close after this weekend.

The Public House, which opened in 2011, was one of a few cooperative taverns and music venues in the country. It struggled financially over the years, but now is unable to recover from the loss of business due to COVID-19.

"We made the majority of our money through live music, which is no longer possible," says Rebers. "No shows means no business."

Currently, Rebers says they are having conversations with a couple of groups about taking over the co-op, but mostly, they are trying to end the nine-year project on a positive note.

"We're trying to wrap this up by paying off our obligations and making sure none of our past or present employees are personally strapped with bills," says Rebers.

The Riverwest Public House has a Gofundme page for anyone interested in helping to gracefully "put a pin in it," per Reber's words. To donate or find out more, go here.

"Riverwest Public House Cooperative has been a home for so many in the Riverwest neighborhood and beyond. It has been a home for us, the staff, the artists, and the performers who have loved our stage," reads the Gofundme page.

The Riverwest Public House will be open Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27. 

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.