Monday, February 09, 2009

New York May Soon Be Starving for Restaurant Critics

N.Y. Observer Really (And Euphemistically) Axes Moira Hodgson, its Longtime Warrior of the Two-Top

The literally peachy New York Observer has decided to mirror the lousy restaurant business in the Big Apple and do away with its dining critic, Moira Hodgson, who'd been contributing reviews to the weekly since 1987.
Seems Hodgson was having difficulty getting the Observer to pick up the tab for her meals, a pricey proposition in the city. And given that her fee included the restaurant bills, that could have meant Hodgson was going deep in the hole.
But what grabbed me was how Observer editor Peter Kaplan described Hodgson's departure to Julia Moskin in The New York Times' Dining Journal blog.
Kaplan said the Observer decided back in December to take a "breather" from Hodgson, although it now appears her words have breathed their last, at least in the Observer.

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