Ben Leventhal

Tumblr shingle of Ben Leventhal, Eater.com co-founder. Food, tech, coffee, baseball.

March 31, 2014 at 5:19pm
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If Restaurants Are the Entertainment, They Have to Get a Lot More Expensive →

March 29, 2014 at 2:24pm
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Is There Finally a Next OpenTable Coming? [1 of 2]

Five years ago the big ideas that were drawing entrepreneurs to food were social recommendation engines and data. Now it feels we’re talking about souping up the home kitchen and OpenTable killers. The first is one of those obvious targets, the product of changes in style and taste. The latter is interesting, because it’s not as if OpenTable has sailed through the last decade competition-free.  

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February 27, 2014 at 10:22am
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The Zak-O-Matic

In March of 2008, Eater published a little something special called the Zak-O-Matic, one of the great editorial-engineering collaborations of all time. Digging through an ancient drive, I found the worksheet we used for the source code.

// TRON

var HEADLINE_RUBRIC = new Array(
“BREAKING”,
“SHOCK”,
“DEVELOPING”,
“GAME OVER”,
“NO BRAINER”,
“BLOCKBUSTER”,
“OMG”
);

var HEADLINE = new Array(
“Zak Pelaccio Rides Again”,
“Pelaccio’s Biggest Reveal to Date”,
“Pelaccio Back to His Old Tricks”,
“Pelaccio’s Latest Revealed”,
“Zak Pelaccio Secret Shocker Revealed!”,
“The Pelaccio Empire Adds One More”
);

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February 16, 2014 at 6:48pm
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The Peak-End Rule and Understanding Jam-Packed Bad Restaurants →

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Why the Best Restaurants Are the Most Analog →