Last month, we were sad to break the news that Yield Bar had abruptly closed its doors with no notice, following 11 years in business. Yesterday, news that a cocktail and ramen establishment called Yokohama 1910 was moving into the space officially sealed the fate of Yield Bar. Or did it?
This afternoon, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to “Save Yield Bar.” Started by owner Patrick Kapple, the campaign aims to raise at least $10,000 to offset costs associated with moving Yield Bar to another location on the East Side, possibly as early as July 1. The video features Kapple, along with other employees and patrons, each of whom pledges their love and appreciation for the beloved local watering hole and venue, as well as the friendships (and even a few marriages) it helped foster over its decade-plus occupation.
“The reason that we have a GoFundMe is that the landlord of where we were at on Kenilworth [Place], in all honesty, he took everything we had,” Kapple tells Milwaukee Record. “He took all of our money, the security deposit, this, that, and the other thing. We want to continue to do Yield. We just need a little bit of startup money to offset the cost of everything—liquor and vendors—and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. We really want to continue doing what we’re doing.”
The campaign was up to $695 raised at the time this post was written. If you were among the many people who lamented the loss of the business, you now have a chance to make Yield Bar’s end into just a rolling stop. Check back for more information as this story develops.