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2012 restaurant recap: Who left us, who said hello

It’s that time of year where every journalist compiles a year-in-review post because it’s quick and easy and all their sources are still off enjoying Christmas vacation.

But it’s also an excuse to look back at the restaurant scene in 2012. We gained some great restaurants, and lost some really good ones too. Here’s some highlights of who I’ve written about over the last year, but I’m sure there’s more worth noting. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section.

We said good-bye to:

  • QN4U in Clovis closed after its spicy owner Brent Walton died of a heart attack. His widow Kim still runs the catering business of the same name, but the world lost a creative character when Brent left us.
  • Grand Palace Chinese restaurant closed about a year after it opened, much to the dismay of its fans. But fear not, the restaurant is scheduled to reopen in early 2013 at the former Carrows Restaurant at 1484 E. Shaw Ave. It will have a new name: New City Chinese Restaurant.
  • Water 2 Wine closed after moving into that gorgeous building at 522 Pollasky Ave. Here’s hoping someone will take over that place and its beautiful patio soon.
  • The Victoria Rose Restaurant in Old Town Clovis closed this month. Owner Nathan Lewis-Copeland tried his best to bring us organic, local fare, along with his espresso bar and tea, but sadly, it just didn’t pan out.

We said hello to:

  • Dusty Buns Bistro opened its brick-and-mortar location in April at the corner of Weldon and Echo avenues, drawing its food truck fans like flies to local, organic honey.

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The 2011 year-end music survey

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I know some blogs do their year-end music lists as soon as the calendar flips to December. I like to let the music soak up as much as possible before putting together a year-end list. How else are you going to fully appreciate that Black Keys album that recently came out, right?

For The Bee’s best and worst music list, I gathered a panel of local tastemakers — DJs, promoters, radio personalities, bloggers, etc. — and asked them to pick their top 10 songs of the year plus answer a few other questions about what they loved/hated in 2011 (see the grid below for answers).

To help you digest, the 10 top 10 lists I’ve created an accompanying Spotify playlist that has about 85% of what’s listed. (Some is pretty obscure).

Now it’s your turn to play along.

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2011: The Beehive Year in Review

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Another year in the books, another year of blogging here at The Beehive.

So, as is customary in our annual “Year in Review,” you’ll find below our most viewed and most commented posts of the year, our most popular recurring features, which contests you tried most feverishly to win and who our most frequent commenters were.

We thank you all for clicking, reading, commenting, sharing and so on. Here’s to a nice 2012 for everyone out there — even you trolls.

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