TomKen’s Friendly Fried Chicken, 8001 W. Greenfield Ave., will host a relaunch party on Saturday, April 9 to celebrate the massive remodel of the space that was completed earlier this year.
The fun will include a free sampling of new menu items, including fried pickle chips, lamb sliders on pretzel buns and fried Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds.
"We will also have wings with new sauces, but I haven't determined what those will be yet," says co-owner and chef Brian Felten.
Felten has created more than 350 sauces for the popular West Allis-based bar and restaurant that his father, the late Ken Felten, took over in 1991.
The relaunch party starts at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., Ale Asylum will offer a free beer sampling and at 9, Felten’s mother, owner Shelly Felten, will make a MillerCoors toast. Bud Light reps will also be on site giving away free swag.
Music will be provided by DJ Jason Vespalec.
The remodel includes a new kitchen that’s twice as large as the old one and now located on the south side of the building. By moving the kitchen into former living quarters, the bar and dining space is bigger and more open, with 36 more dining seats available, an expanded bar with built-in cell phone ports and 16-foot ceilings.
The bathrooms were also renovated and are now wheelchair-accessible. Other upgrades include repainted walls, LED lighting and butcher-block-topped tables.
TomKen’s also added new tap lines and increased their beer selection to include more local and craft brews.
"We have so many people to thank," says Felten. "Raylyn Construction is at the top of the list, but there are so many people to thank who helped us through the growing pains of the construction. Now let's celebrate with some tasty food, good drinks and great friends."
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.