Okay, folks – we’ve got news to share.
The time has come for us to make a change. After dinner on June 26th, we will be closing our doors at Yonder – but fear not! On July 6th, we will reopen with a new name, a new menu, and a fun new way to enjoy our cooking!
The last time we wrote you, we were celebrating our three-year Yonder-versary. The past few years have been a roller coaster of tremendous highs and staggering lows, from opening our first brick-and-mortar restaurant to pivoting time and time again to make our little business run during a global pandemic. Now, we’re writing a new chapter with a brand-spankin’ new concept and menu under the name Hissyfit!
“Hissy fit” is a classic southernism for a tantrum, specifically used in regards to the sass and emotional outbursts of women. We’re adopting the name for its linguistic ferocity, cultural depth, and evocation of the wild and untamed feminine. Hissyfit will be decked out in funky shades of pink and deep green, gilded with gorgeous plants and lush botanical wallpaper, and gloriously cozy in its aesthetic. Rich, earthy stoneware and Dundee red clay platters will share the table with matte gold flatware, soft burlap-inspired napkins, and vintage glassware.
We’ll be holding on to our favorite cocktails from previous years while continuing to play with riffs on classic cocktails and lots of zero-proof libations.
The kitchen will carry forward some of Yonder’s personality, with Southern flavors and ingredients nestled alongside globally-inspired goodies with a focus on freedom from constraint. We will be sourcing gorgeous local produce and sustainable meats and fish from local farms and purveyors, continuing our relationships with stewards of Southern cuisine like Allan Benton and Anson Mills, and casting a wide net to capture our favorite flavors and techniques from all over the world.
Our dining room manager Eric Pavey, formerly of Little Bird, Nostrana, and Gruner, brings grace and a little fun to the party with funky wine picks and excellent service. Chef de Cuisine Kevin Jones, formerly of Xico, Sitka & Spruce and Girin (Seattle), lends years of experience with many rich cuisines and a love for nostalgic American cooking. Chef/owner Maya Lovelace will continue to weave Southern flavors and stories into the daily menus, but with less adherence to tradition and a voracious desire to make food that is always fun, incredibly delicious, and ever-changing. Our little crew at Yonder is making this change with us, and we feel very lucky to have them along for the ride.
Please come to see us between now and the 26th for your final Yonder fix! We’ll keep serving up our greatest hits for now with reservations available via Resy as well as takeout and delivery through the usual channels. If you’re hanging onto a Yonder gift card, NO worries – we’ll keep accepting them at Hissyfit. If you have any other questions at all, please feel free to reach out via our social channels, a phone call, an email, or any other method you can think of!
Thank you all so much for your support – we can’t wait to see you!