By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Oct 07, 2007 at 8:27 PM

I stopped into Fuel Café twice last week to see what it looked like -- and smelled like -- without smokers. It appeared pretty much the same, only fewer people hanging out then usual during the late-morning hours. And I do think it smelled a little fresher.

Fuel Café banned smoking on Oct. 1 after 14 years of being a very smoker-friendly café. The decision, made by co-owners Scott Johnson and Leslie Montemurro, was met with mixed reactions, but overall, it seems people are supportive.

Late this afternoon I stopped in again, and I was pleased to see that it looked very much like the usual Sunday night scene: people drinking coffee, reading books, typing on laptops -- but without smoking, smoldering ashtrays. It was a little weird at first -- but good -- to see everything so clearly and without the usual "Fuel haze" hanging in the air. Best of all, I definitely noticed less schtank on myself when I was driving home. Hooray.




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.