Thanks for the kind posts—and emails from all you anonymous lurkers.
I'll avoid responding to specific criticisms about the article (such as it was wrong to criticize the space spent on talking about the old Sears building and what phrases I bolded). We're just going to disagree on that. The recap of reviews is going to be a regular feature on Eater, likely to run biweekly.
As for some specifics:
Whoa...easy on Zach guys. He is exactly the type of young professional talent the city is trying to attract and keep.
Thanks for the sentiment, but no need to go easy on me. My first job was in a bank's call center, taking 65-80 calls a day, most of which were quite nasty. I can handle negative feedback (and often find it helpful).
It should also be kindly pointed out that the Courier awards a maximum of four stars, not five.
Please kindly review Marty Rosen's reviews at Metromix: http://louisville.metromix.com/restaura ... collection
. They show a scale of five stars.
Then there's the idea of taking other peoples' writing, and putting it through your own personal shredder for some sort of social or monetary gain. I seriously doubt Zach would like for his writing to be put to that same test.
I assure you I profited in neither money nor status from that article. My contract is to write one to three articles a day for Eater Louisville. I get no bonus from page views, so there's no incentive to write about topics that might inflame people. And I'm always happy to receive feedback on my work, positive or negative. Feel free to post it here, where I'll probably see it, or email me privately (firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again and have a great week!