Best Of 2022

Best Worst Long Goodbye

Many local restaurants have shuttered their doors after dealing with fallout from the pandemic for the past two years. And some have just closed anyway, as businesses sometimes do. Two longtime Cincinnati favorites called it quits this year. Landmark downtown restaurant Washington Platform closed at the end of 2021, with owner and chef Jon Diebold announcing in a Facebook post a desire to end on a positive note, stressing that the closure had nothing to do with “the pandemic, the labor shortage, or any global shipping crisis.” He wrote, “We have weathered all those events, just as we have weathered other downturns in our three decades of business.” Established in 1875 (and reestablished in 1986), the bar and restaurant served up New Orleans-style grub and drink to the Queen City for decades and was well known for its oyster and lobster events. Diebold said the decision was well-thought-out and, while loyal customers will be missed, “it is time for a new chapter.” Glendale’s Grand Finale also announced on Facebook in early 2022 that it would be permanently closing after 46 years. The restaurant is known for its delicious desserts, among other fare. Owner Virginia Chambers didn’t provide a reason for the closure in her post, but, she wrote, “Through our generational friendship, you are family and we will miss you!”