With shifting local regulations, supply chain delays, a labor shortage, and a host of unknowns brought on by a pandemic that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, 2021 was not the easiest year to open a bar or restaurant. Somehow that makes it feel more important than ever to celebrate the ones that managed to open with a business model that works despite all the challenges happening in the world right now. So, let’s take a moment and celebrate these fabulous, functional designs judged to be among the best of the best in rd+d’s annual contest.
And a big thanks to everyone who not only managed to open a restaurant last year but who then also took the time and effort to submit it to the rd+d awards. Thanks also to our judges who made a hybrid of in-person and remote judging work.
Here’s to an award-worthy 2022!