Seeing the Village as it stands today, one might wonder how it all began. In the 1970's Levi and Amanda Yoder sold their farm in Nappanee, Indiana and moved to Sarasota, Florida. Due to the recession, they found themselves investing their life savings into a small restaurant on Main Street in 1975. Levi had a heart for people that created lasting connections and Amanda's second nature was good home cooking. The combination of the two had an instant way of making customers feel as if they were back in the comforts of "Mom's dinner table".
A second location was purchased on Bahia Vista Street in 1984. Both locations were open for several years but in 1986, they decided their efforts would be best focused on the one location. Over the years Yoder's has continued to grow, consistently winning first place awards for "Best Amish Restaurant" and "Best Homemade Dessert". Yoder's has become a local tradition and favorite destination for many. The quality and freshness that began over a million pies ago is still the foundation of our strong customer loyalty and success. From the time the doors first opened on Main Street, Yoder's Restaurant has established a culture of hearty portions and quality Amish home cooking, served with friendly service in a family atmosphere.
In 2007, the doors to Yoder's Amish Gift Shop opened and shortly thereafter in 2009, we launched our Produce Market. Our Deli followed in 2010. With the tremendous blessing of growth, we restructured and in 2011 Yoder's Restaurant and Amish Village was born. We have always prided ourselves in the value of family. As of today, there are many branches of our Yoder family tree involved in the day-to-day operations of the Village, including Todd & Mary Lou Emrich (son-in-law and daughter), and Brian Emrich (grandson).