Hard to believe we’re already halfway through January. The continued frustration of COVID, hanging over our heads, impacting every part of our lives, has carried into 2022. There’s still so much uncertainty, especially in the restaurant industry and food business. There’s no rhyme or reason, and I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. But, let’s face it, these crazy times are not ending anytime soon, sadly. There are going to be more losses. Luckily, there are some successes, too. I figured I’d just round them up for you because there are a lot of stories and perhaps you’ve missed them. Please support however you comfortably can.
The Bad News
First, the most recent permanent losses:
The Good News
There have been some resurrections, reopenings, openings, and expansions, with more to come.
New things coming that we can get excited about.
⌚ Bardea Steak in Wilmington named among the Most Anticipated Restaurant openings in America by Vogue Magazine.
Moving & Shaking:
Just some interesting stories that can make us feel better about the state of things.
Virtual Food Halls are HOT! HOT! HOT!
Virtual food halls – delivery-only ghost kitchens that offer more than one cuisine/concept – are hot and getting hotter!
Town Spotlight: Upper Darby
Recently, I learned more about the Upper Darby food scene and its multicultural restaurants.
Do you like round-up style articles like this? Let me know, and I will keep doing them, probably every month. Also, let me know how I can improve. I had been doing them on my Substack, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to sunset the newsletter. It’s just too much to keep up the blog and a newsletter, especially since I still work full-time and freelance on the side.
What information are you seeking? Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did. Please let me know, and I’ll try to include it in the next round-up article.
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Anyways, stay safe out there, friends.
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Independent Journalist. Food marketing/PR expert.