One More Reason For Food Critics to be Anonymous


Steve Barnes, the restaurant critic for the Albany Times Union, was attacked outside a restaurant last October. That day, Barnes (whose head shot adorns his blog) had posted his plans be at the restaurant that night. Unfortunately, this terrifying guy to the left (photo courtesy of the Albany Times Union), who is a mixed martial arts fighter named Jerry Spiegel, showed up as well, and he assaulted Barnes and a friend.

Now, police say that they’re investigating possible ties between Spiegel and a restaurant that Barnes wrote about last year. The obvious implication is that Barnes wrote a negative review about a restaurant to which Spiegel is somehow connected. Yowza.

[Times Union via Gawker]

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