Greenwood’s Yonder Bar reopened their garage doors this week to serve thirsty residents in search of some refreshing cider and more home-based microbusinesses may soon follow if a related bill in the Seattle City Council gets approved next week.
Yonder Bar began making headlines in early February when they were forced to close their walk-up retail operation following complaints from a neighbor that the business was operating too close to a school and church.
The woman-owned cidery only opened in July 2020, and the window sold growler fills and cans to be consumed offsite.
These walk-up window models that limit guest and employee contact have been successful during dining restrictions, and the owners of Yonder contended that the model was best for their business amid the pandemic that has caused over 90 bars and restaurants in the city to close permanently.
“We know Yonder Bar is different, but so are the times we live in,” wrote the owners.
While the disgruntled neighbor got their wish by seeing the garage bar shutter, the forced closure turned out to be a highly unpopular with neighbors and residents. Over 4,100 residents signed a petition to the city to allow Yonder to reopen, propelling the legality of these home-based businesses to the scope of the city council.
Later in the month, Councilmember Dan Strauss…