Year in review


What were they thinking???

Politics, poorly considered comparisons, bad texts and poorly conceived relief plans: The biggest restaurant blunders of 2021.


The year in restaurant technology

What we got right and wrong about tech going into 2021, plus the developments we didn’t see coming.

Remember these once-burning issues? You may have to dig deep into memory.

The industry's ranks of innovators were thinned by the passing of these giants.

Robots, ghost kitchens, consolidation and the metaverse are the four developments we’ll be keeping a close eye on in 2022.

Restaurant and hotel brands, professional trendologists, industry groups and food companies are all having a say in what the next year will bring. We culled through the reports to find the common threads.

With any luck, these ripples will move out of the industry spotlight--and just keep going.

Insurers, landlords, the SBA, mask deniers, Mother Nature and the guy who wrote "Fancylike" are all those that should receive coal this year.

Here are the stories that capture the most clicks from readers this year.

These developments made industry news in 2021 but expect to see them surge into bigger trends next year.

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