According to a company press release, Philadelphia and Boston magazine publisher Metrocorp has acquired Foobooz – a Philly-focused foodie favorite blog (try saying that five times fast). Foobooz founder and editor Arthur Etchells will be added to Philadelphia’s staff as a full-time digital product manager and will manage Foobooz with the help of magazine editor Kirsten Henri. Metrocorp president David Lipson emphasized Foobooz’s value to the company as well as readers:
Since the very first issue of Philadelphia magazine, providing information to readers about dining out has been one of our core strengths. In this great food city, dining out continues to be our audience’s favorite source of entertainment. The addition of Foobooz to the Philadelphia magazine content offerings allows us to bolster our position as the leading source for people to figure out where they want to eat in this region.
Following the addition of Foobooz, Philadelphia’s current blog — The Restaurant Club — will serve as an event series and offer special dining opportunities for visitors. Metrocorp will debut Fooboz in the Boston area by 2011 and has plans to launch the blog nationwide in the future.