What a year! As we look back on 2021, it's crazy to remember that we started the year with risk levels. In April, we were still in "High Risk," which allowed for indoor dining not to exceed 25% or 50 people. There were rules on closing times (11 pm in high risk) and how many people could sit at a table (6 max in Oregon). As the vaccines rolled out and cases subsided, there was a brief window where the mask mandate was withdrawn and we lived in glorious mask-free freedom. "It's over!" some of us thought. COVID has another plan in mind, obviously. As we finish out 2021, we wanted to take a moment to recap the year and the changes that HR and the Columbia Gorge experienced. Let's start with something fun: new restaurants, food trucks, and eateries that opened this year:
2021 Restaurant, Food Truck, and Market Openings
In 2021, the following food and drink-related businesses opened in our area:
Restaurants and Food Trucks that Closed in 2021
Media Coverage of the Gorge
From famous NYT wine critic Eric Asimov to Travel & Leisure, everyone wanted a piece of Oregon to brag about this year. A few notable news articles about our region included:
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