By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 04, 2019 at 12:05 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

OnMilwaukee reported in July that The Sofie, a cocktail lounge and wine bar, was going into the former Dino's Taverna, 777 N. Jefferson St. This weekend OnMilwaukee stopped by to get a sneak peek.

The Sofie is a chill, sleek, warm and romantic new lounge owned by Sal and David Safina, whose family owned and operated Giovanni's, Comedy Cafe, Tutto and Centanni.

"We're taking a break from the restaurant scene for now and focusing on cocktails and wine," says David.

They named the business "The Sofie" in honor of their late mother, Rosa, who wanted to give the name to a daughter, but had three sons instead.

The Sofie is hosting a few soft openings, but will have a public grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 13 starting at 6 p.m. After the opening, the regular hours will be Tuesday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to bar time. The Sofie will focus on happy hour, during which they will offer drink specials and free snacks.

During our recent visit, the fireplace, comfortable seating and well-crafted Old Fashioneds made the experience enjoyable, as well as an establishment we'd return to in the near future.

"We are a place to relax, enjoy a good drink and have a conversation," says David. "We're not a club or a corner bar, rather a classy casual place that's in line with The Pfister Lobby Lounge. There aren't a lot of places like this Downtown, so we're happy to be here."

Here are a few more pics from the recent soft opening of The Sofie: 

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.