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City Council passes home-based business bill, Yonder Bar reopening today

On Monday our D6 Councilmember Dan Strauss’ Bringing Business Home bill passed with an 8-1 vote, meaning Yonder Bar on 1st Ave NW is free to reopen. After being forced to unceremoniously close in mid-February, owner Caitlin Braam and dozens of fans of the shop voiced their dismay to Strauss’ office.

The bill alters land use codes that have negatively impacted home-based businesses and is designed to allow them to feasibly operate for the duration of the pandemic with less onerous restrictions. Now such businesses will be allowed to operate out of a garage or parking stall, have one non-illuminated signage, and no longer by appointment only.

Made from apples grown in our Wenatchee Valley, Yonder Cider was opened during the beginning of the pandemic last year, and Yonder Bar was the chief outlet for sales (with Ken’s Market being a close second). Later this Fall, they are teaming up with Bale Breaker Brewing to open a new taproom in Ballard.

Drop in today for the official release of “Sunnyslope”, a pink grapefruit and lemon verbena-infused hard cider that is “beautifully tart and bursting with notes of citrus, vibrant floral aromas conjure memories of warmer weather.”

Open hours will be Wednesday-Friday 3-7pm, Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.

Photo by Karla Rava