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Eater to Begin Restaurant Reviews

Since it launched in 2005, Eater has never featured restaurant reviews because it was perfectly happy dishing out industry gossip and news. That’s all about to change. The site has added three experienced critics to its roster — Ryan SuttonRobert Sietsema and Bill Addison.

Sutton will be Eater’s head critic. He comes to the site from Bloomberg, where he served as chief restaurant critic for the past nine years.

Sietsema is joining Eater full-time after contributing regularly to the site. Sietsema had been the Village Voice’s food critic for 20 years before he was cut by the paper last year.

Addison was most recently Atlanta Magazine’s dining editor and restaurant critic. He’ll serve as Eater’s restaurant editor, a new role at the site.

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Robert Sietsema Joins Eater

We just heard that Michael Musto has some new gigs, so allow us to share some other former Village Voice writer news: Robert Sietsema is joining Eater. Sietsema had been the Voice’s food critic for 20 years before being fired.

A little about Sietsema’s new role:

Eater has never had a food critic, so Sietsema’s pieces will not be reviews. Instead, he’ll write microneighborhood dining guides from the outer reaches of every borough and file on crucial overlooked discoveries as he continues his explorations of New York’s restaurant universe.

Eater just benefitted from the Voice’s mistake.

Tejal Rao and Nick Pinto Quit Village Voice

Mere days after The Village Voice fired Michael Musto and others, the paper has lost two more writers. The only difference is that Tejal Rao and Nick Pinto quit. Rao and Pinto both tweeted that they have resigned from the Voice, making the paper even more hollow than it already is.

Rao’s departure is particularly awkward for the Voice because when it announced the “restructuring” that ousted Musto, Robert Sietsema and Michael Feingold, it boasted of Rao’s employment there. Oops.

In related “The Village Voice is Crap” news, Musto told HuffPost Live that the mood at the Voice was “dour” in the days leading up to his firing. Wonder what the mood is now? Grim? Sullen? Depressed? Gloomy?

Village Voice Fires Michael Musto, Robert Sietsema and Michael Feingold

When two of The Village Voice‘s top editors quit rather than downsize staffers, it was only a matter of time before those layoffs transpired. The cuts involved three big names. According to Gawker, Michael MustoRobert Sietsema and Michael Feingold have all been let go.

Christine Brennan, executive editor of the Village Voice Media Group, oversaw the reductions, which included some on the business side of the Voice. She was also the one asking Will Bourne, the Voice’s last editor, to fire or reduce the roles of staffers.

Musto had been writing for the Voice since the early 1980s; Sietsema since the early 90s; and Feingold since the late 90s. When a paper just fires three of their most iconic writers, you know things are bad.