When Chris Bohl moved from Nashville to Milwaukee a few years ago, his plan was to continue working as a chef, which he had been doing for about a decade. In fact, he moved to Brew City because of a job opportunity in a local restaurant, but unfortunately, Bohl never made it to his first shift.
"One night, I was hit by a car driven by a 16-year-old without a license," says Bohl. "I broke everything on the right side of my body."
Bohl says he was "out of commission" for about six months following the crash, and during that time, he started hanging out at a neighborhood watering hole called The Pub, 2479 N. Fratney St.
After he started to heal, Bohl picked up a few bartending shifts, and then in March of 2009, he purchased the business. Bohl reopened The Pub this past summer.
"The Pub is a very diverse, very friendly bar," says Bohl. "You’ll meet all kinds of people here, from punk rockers to hip-hop kids. It’s really a great mix of different people and everyone gets along really well here."
Bohl says he didn’t make major changes to The Pub because he was already satisfied with the scene. He did, however, extend happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. every day except Sunday and now offers $1.50 rail drinks and $2 for anything on tap during that time.
In general, The Pub’s prices are cheap, offering $3 pitchers of Point and $1 cans of beer. Also, the bar has a decent selection of tap beer, including Guinness, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Sierra Nevada, Bell's and a rotating representation of local breweries.
"I like to switch it up, but we usually have Riverwest Stein and Point," he says.
Currently, The Pub hosts a band about once a month. For his first year in business, Bohl has a probationary liquor license and, consequently, has to pay for a permit every time he wants to have a live band. After his probationary period ends in March, he hopes to have live music more frequently.
At this point, The Pub allows smoking, but like all Milwaukee bars it will go non-smoking next July when the smoking ban goes into effect.
Bohl, who is mostly healed from his injuries, was a member of multiple punk bands -- he plays guitar, bass and drums -- but is not currently in a group.
"The bar and my 9-month-old daughter keep me pretty busy," he says.
Today, Bohl lives across the street from The Pub with his family and says the neighborhood is a good fit for him.
"I like Riverwest a lot. Before moving here, I had been coming here for about 15 years with various bands and I always had a great time," he says.
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.