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Detroit Food Writers Struggle to Predict the Headlines for 2021

“After this year I’ve learned not to try to predict anything.” — Melody Baetens, Detroit News

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Last year, some writers predicted 2020 could be a struggle for local restaurants, but they never would have predicted the fallout of COVID-19.
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As is tradition at Eater, we closed out 2020 by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and publishing their responses throughout the week. Next up: What are your headline predictions for 2021? Oh, and if you’re wondering, these were the headlines we predicted for 2020.

Serena Maria Daniels, Founder and Editor, Tostada Magazine:

I can’t even pretend to entertain that question. I think we’ve encountered so many headlines that we never thought we would see in our lifetimes this year. Truly anything is possible at this point.

Mark Kurlyandchik, Restaurant Critic, Detroit Free Press:

“COVID-19 kills the prediction industry” “Local restaurant writers too depressed to consider a future”

Melody Baetens, Restaurant Critic, The Detroit News:

Oh boy … after this year I’ve learned not to try to predict anything.

Zahir Janmohamed, Co-Founder, Racist Sandwich:

The vaccine is out, and restaurants are open again, but why aren’t diners back?

Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

“Detroit Restaurant Workers Organize Service Industry Union”

Mickey Lyons, Freelance Writer, Eater:

“Amazon/Whole Foods ventures into restaurant business with takeover of beloved local eatery”

“Restaurant owners scramble to find staff after industry workers have found new careers”

“Restaurant continue to expand take-and-bake offerings as diners enjoy the comforts of home, but with better food”

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