Falling for an April Fools’ Joke – The Hudspeth Report

You’ll find no April Fools’ joke on this blog today. It’s too bad the Donald Mitchell story didn’t break today though.

But two years ago April 1st fell on a Friday. I slipped a little joke into my monthly restaurant news column on that day. It was pretty obvious. I reported that a restaurant called Roadkill Grill would open on North Main Street in the old One Star Ranch building. Embellishing further I added that the restaurant’s tagline would be “you kill it, we grill it”. Thankfully none of my readers bit on the joke.

But a leading Atlanta restaurant trade publication did! As a matter of fact they continue to list the restaurant two years later.

The Hudspeth Report publishes a monthly newsletter on the restaurant industry in Atlanta. They’ve been around for 25 years. They also should know better! They reported on my little April Fools restaurant in their “scoop” section the very next month. And for the past 24 months they’ve continued to list Roadkill Grill in their coming soon list.

I quietly kept this amusing little tidbit to myself until today.

Scooping news of any kind is tough. There are so many sources to track. Often others beat you to a story. Sometimes ITP bloggers like Eli Zandman or Caleb Spivak scoop me. Other times it might be a twitter follower or someone with the Appen newspapers. I always cite published sources if they scoop me. It’s just courtesy.

Unfortunately the guys at Hudspeth Report don’t cite published sources, even when asked to do so.

So there’s no joke from Roots today, just this little nana nana boo boo. Cheers.

3 Responses to “Falling for an April Fools’ Joke – The Hudspeth Report”

  1. Sandy April 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    That’s kinda awesome, Lee.

  2. Grant Goggans April 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I’d say that since the Hudspeth Report declines to name their sources, which is a pretty scummy thing to do, they had that coming. Bravo, Lee!

  3. B April 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Good for you for calling them out on it.

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