By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 06, 2017 at 3:27 PM

The evolution of Milwaukee’s East Side – particularly North Avenue and surrounding streets – is a torrid topic these days. From Von Trier announcing a change and then denouncing the change to the addition of many new restaurants and zero new straight-up bars, it’s not surprising that The Eastsider, 1732 E. North Ave., might morph, too.

Recently, Alex Sperry applied for a liquor license for a business named Baccanera that, if approved, will take over The Eastsider space. OnMilwaukee contacted current owner Jason Growel who says it’s a possibility ownership and concept could change, but there were a few hurdles to hop first.

Growel purchased The Eastsider – which has been a tavern since the post-Prohibition days – about a decade ago. He remodeled the space in late 2009 / early 2010.

What do you think about the developments in the North Avenue area and its diminishing bars and taverns? Ramen restaurants, indoor mini-golf and sports bars with solid pub fare – is this the right direction for the neighborhood?

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.