The term “landmark” is reserved for only a chosen few restaurants in Sarasota, with Yoder’s Restaurant certainly being one of them.
Levi and Amanda Yoder opened Yoder’s Restaurant in 1975, and what started as a unpretentious restaurant known for serving delicious comfort food became so successful that it now takes a whole bunch of Yoders to operate the current Yoder’s Restaurant, Yoder’s Amish Gift Shop, Yoder’s Fresh Market and Yoder’s Deli Market. Just that sentence takes a whole lot of Yoders!
This summer, Yoder’s celebrates their 40 year anniversary starting on August 20th by rewarding loyal guests with 40 days of giveaways and specials throughout all of Yoder’s Amish Village. Treats like free “Yoder’s Bucks,” their “Party with Pie” special, anniversary tee shirt giveaways, entertainment and an overall fun atmosphere.
And, because the folks at Yoder’s are about the nicest people on the planet, they are highlighting their 40th anniversary by giving back. Partnering with Stop Hunger Now, www.stophungernow.org, and Shining Light Church (event host) www.shininglight.org, Yoder’s employees and friends will purchase and package 40,000 nutritional meals to be distributed to those in need around the world. You read that right. 40 THOUSAND meals.
They’ll also be doing a little sprucing up around the place, with a major landscape facelift taking place to create an update outdoor seating area for carry-out guests, as well as a fresh face on the restaurant. It’s expected to integrate the history of Yoder’s and its first Amish settlers in their new décor.
Yoder’s will only close for 4 days while the renovation takes place – August 16-19, 2015 and reopen just in time for the Grand Celebration of their 40th Anniversary.
Mark your calendars to get over to Yoder’s to enjoy some of the best local “feel good” home cooking you’ll ever taste. Be it breakfast, lunch (try the fried chicken — it was featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food for the amazing taste and portion size) dinner, or one of their amazing pies. . . enjoy a slice in the restaurant or pick up an entire pie at the take-out window.
Whatever you choose, it will remind you of the family dinners many of us have enjoyed with our extended family, back when grandma was still frying chicken in a cast iron skillet. Because Yoder’s is Amish, the restaurant is closed on Sundays, but open weekdays from 6 am – 8:00pm, and until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Didn’t we tell you the pie was amazing? I could jump right into this photo and never come out!
So, a personal Thank-You to Yoder’s Restaurant, for making so many of our dining experiences so tasty and delicious. Here’s to another 40+ years!