Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Eater.com does a nice thing

November 11

Given the economic hard times, Eater.com has declared a moratorium on its “Deathwatch” feature, in which it predicts restaurants that will fail.
Here in New York, that particular restaurant blog has become so influential that, so chefs and publicists tell me, Deathwatch can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, like when the popular 13-year-old girl declares that some other 13-year-old girl isn’t cool anymore.
Eater’s commenters are an unruly lot, and some have accused the people running the blog of wimping out. But I’ve always thought Deathwatch was unnecessarily mean and am glad to see the moratorium.

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