Friday, January 22, 2010

A dearth of new eateries? We disagree

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM

In the Gazette's dining review of Rocco's Italian Restaurant in today's paper, food critic Dave Phillips Philipps (aka Nathaniel Glen) opens with the following:

One of the few good things about the economic infarction of the past year or so is that few new restaurants bothered to open. Before the Dow dove like a seal, a Colorado Springs reviewer could count on at least three new places to eat a month. Now, we are lucky to have one.

As one of the Indy's food critics and editor of our Appetite and Side Dish columns, I'd like to formally disagree.

We've noticed a surprising number of new openings over the past few months, considering "the economic times," as everyone likes to say. If you take a look at our Appetite archives, you'll find lots of spots that have opened recently.

Among them: Pita Bella (two locations), Lanna Thai, Oakley's Café & Bistro at Sundance Mountain Lodge, Bara Sushi & Grill, South Jersey Subs, Rasta Pasta, Rumi's Kabab and Coquette Creperie.

I can also say that looking ahead, our Appetite calendar includes five other newly opened places.

So, "lucky to have one"? Not by our math.

We, like our dining colleague at the Gazette, definitely relish "a chance to revisit the overlooked, the underappreciated, and the local hideaways that are happy to operate below the radar," as he later writes. But we feel all the newbies deserve the chance to be featured. If the Gazette shares this sentiment, we'd encourage Phillips Philipps to nose around a bit. Like a seal.

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