The food blogosphere just lost a little weight: According to a statement posted on the site by Josh Ozersky this morning, the Feedbag will cease operations next week. Ozersky, the editor-in-chief of the year-old site, didn’t reveal his plans or what exactly will happen to his abandoned baby, which is run by Citysearch. It’s no secret that Ozersky, who built his Mr. Cutlets following while he was at Grub Street, has for some time been interested in exploring the bigger and brighter world of TV, and the recent dearth of posts on the Feedbag suggested something was amiss. Read his statement in full:
“Last week’s annoucement of the Feedbag’s temporary derangement was, at best, a stopgap measure. I wasn’t ready to announce my plans, and I’m still not, except to say that big things are in the works. Big! And more than one of them too. But, sadly, that means that I’m leaving Citysearch as Senior Editor, Restaurants. One week from today will be my last day here, and the last day of The Feedbag as you know it. So what is on the way?
Well, I can’t quite tell you yet. I’m going to blog for another week in this same reduced, Ubik-like stream of consciousness to which you may have become accustomed; and then things are going to change. I have a warm affection for Citysearch, and wanted to find a way to stay involved with a team of people I have a lot of loyalty too. So we have a plan to a major shift on The Feedbag away from news and opinion, and into a special project that I can promise you will be very, very cool. Sadly, I can’t make any announcements about that yet, either. But as Michael Corleone told his caporegimes, “There are things being negotiated now that are gonna solve all your problems and answer all your questions. That’s all I can tell you now.””
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 27, 2009