Pride and Progress

Building on pillars set down during the pandemic, restaurants are more creative and inclusive than ever

Pride and Progress
Aukai Bell directs the wine program at Gabriel Kreuther, one of two new Grand Award winners. (Evan Sung)
From the Aug 31, 2022, issue

Amid the chaos and uncertainty of a lingering pandemic, many restaurants have done the opposite of backing down. They are innovating and welcoming new customers. We are thrilled at the chance to honor them for their achievements and perseverance. This year, 3,169 restaurants earned one of Wine Spectator’s three awards for their commitment to all things wine, including two new Grand Award winners. Read on for our take on the state of the dining industry, plus details about the new Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award winners.

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