ABOVE: Rendering of the upcoming Mount Dora location provided by The Yardery in April 2023.
Publisher's note: This article was originally published May 1, 2023 and updated to reflect the current timeline.
In what has become a dining destination, downtown Mount Dora will be adding a new restaurant concept with construction of its farmhouse-style building set to begin soon. The ground floor of The Yardery will feature al fresco dining, a bar, and fun yard games like cornhole, foosball, Connect Four, ladder toss and Giant Jenga on its roughly 11,000 square-feet of outdoor space. The 5,480 square-foot restaurant will be built on a quarter-acre lot and include an inviting open-air, 2,058 square-foot bar area encompassing its second floor and being dubbed its rooftop bar.
The Yardery (think yard plus eatery) will have a modern farmhouse style and feature casual outdoor dining with plenty of entertainment options for guests to add to their experience. The restaurant’s friendly and apropos motto is “Eat, drink and play in the yard,” according to its founder and CEO Suzanne Bonham.
The menu features “backyard food with a twist” and includes favorites like the Yardery Burger, Cajun fish tacos, barbecue chicken flatbread, in-house smoked ribs, and honey hot fried chicken. Guests can also imbibe in The Yardery's signature cocktails, craft beer and wine selection.
The Yardery will be built on the vacant land at 221 N. Baker Street between the municipal parking lot and the downtown parking garage. The restaurant will become the third newly constructed building downtown in the last 5 years, as vacant lots in the small historic district are scarce. The Yardery's original Sanford location took two years to complete and opened to the public February 12, 2022. Originally targeting a January 2024 opening, the family-friendly and pet-friendly restaurant is now anticipating opening by the end of 2024. Stay tuned to Mount Dora Buzz Facebook page and Instagram for updates.
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