As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of industry types, bloggers, and chefs. This year, we asked the group eight questions, from 2010 Headline Predictions to Top Standbys. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. On we go, in no particular order; all responses cut, pasted and unedited:
Q: What are the headline predictions for 2010?
Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly: Truck Plunge!
Cedd Moses, restaurant/bar owner: More restaurants focus on bigger bars and great cocktails.
Mark Peel, chef and restaurant owner, The Tar Pit: Economy is recovering, but as in all recovery, it doesn’t come back to where it was before so quickly. People will be looking for value and to have fun. The market for things like high-end wines will stay soft.
Lesley Bargar Suter, Los Angeles Magazine: Flat Tire for Food Trucks, Middle Eastern (Culinary) Takeover, The Return of Fine Dining? (that last one’s merely hopeful)
Jeff Miller, Thrillist: Deathwatch: Food Trucks.
Sam Nazarian, Hotel/Restaurant/Club mogul: The World Comes Back 'Slowly.'
Eric Alperin, mixologist, The Varnish: "Your cocktail only took 5 minutes to get?! I wouldn't trust it, I usually wait at least 10 minutes.."
Do feel free to add your own answers to the comments.