So long to Joanne Kates, the Globe & Mail's erstwhile restaurant critic, who will no longer be filing her Saturday restaurant review for the paper's T.O. section.
Kates' taste in restaurants was influenced by her spell at a Paris cooking school back in the early 70s. That meant she was preferential to fine dining, forever naming Scaramouche her number one in Toronto. (She frequently complained about her coat in the winter, and how no one at the door would take it the way proper maître d' should.)
To be fair, her reviews sometimes rode in the national edition of the paper which forced her to go to restaurants that mattered to the type of people who would travel to Toronto on business and needed to know where to go.
To protect her identity, she used the hat-pulled-over-her-face byline photo trick, made famous by New York's Gael Greene, but was inevitably outed by Frank Magazine and others in the early 2000s.
Her departure from the Grey Lady comes during a time of turbulence for the paper, as it readies for a online paywall and publicly requested employees to take unpaid summer leave.
The shake up means NOW's Steven Davey becomes Toronto's longest serving restaurant critic. Whoever will be the city's newest critic, taking Kates' spot every Saturday (and presumably more online), is news the Globe has yet to serve.