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Closings Wed Feb 02 2011

Palermo Bakery Closes Its Doors

palermo sign-thumb-500x299-4301.jpgBarely six months after opening its Old Town location, Palermo Bakery currently has a "For Lease" sign hanging sadly in its window. It sits next to the similarly short-lived tapas restaurant Eivissa, also vacant. Rather than becoming the next success story on North Wells Street, Palermo instead serves as a cautionary tale, speaking to the inherent challenge of opening a business in the heart of Old Town. While the warm summer months team with tourists and locals alike, the winter doldrums can be long and stagnant. If these businesses don't have a plan to, well, weather the weather, then failure isn't just likely, it's assured. Two-month old Kilwins, take heed, or you'll be the next to add to the growing inventory of Old Town real estate.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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