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The Year in REviews, and other stuff

Written By Scott Joseph On December 30, 2021

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2021: The Year in Reviews

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It was supposed to be different, 2021. Which is to say it wasn’t supposed to be different, not the way 2020 was. It was meant to be the way things used to be. And for a time it was. We were able to get back to dining inside, new restaurants opened and some, of course, closed. But there were fewer closings this past year than in the previous year, which, even at the height of the pandemic had a more or less normal number go out of business.

Now, here at the end of ’21, things are looking iffy again. Maybe it’s just a case of two steps forward, one step backward – a temporary blip on the road to recovery. We’ll know soon.

In the meantime, let’s take a look back at past year’s reviews, notable openings, notable closings, trends, transitions and what’s to come.

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Other Stuff

 2021 Best New Restaurant Foodster Award

Last chance to vote for Best Restaurant Overall in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.

What you could be doing New Year’s Eve

Illume firebirdIllume has cocktails that can help you forget.

If you’re still looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve, check out our Holiday Listings page for some good ideas.

A few notables include:
A Farm-to-Table Dinner at Primo or a buffet dinner at Citron, both at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, followed by fireworks over the lake at midnight.

Over at JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, Sear + Sea will offer a five-course prix-fixe dinner that includes a welcome glass of Taittinger Champagne and Osetra Caviar. After dinner, you can get half-price access to illume Lanai on the ninth floor rooftop.

Inside, ilume will be featuring Bonenkai, an adults-only after-dinner event with entertainment. A VIP package is available that includes reserved seating, shareable lite bites, midnight sparkling wine and snacks and more.

I like the idea of Bonenkai best of all – it’s Japanese for “forget the previous year.” I’m all for that: 2021 who?

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