After 27 years at the Chicago Sun-Times, restaurant critic Pat Bruno has been let go. Despite a notice that will run in the paper this Friday announcing his "retirement," Bruno tells Time Out Chicago that the paper's Weekend editor let him go with a simple phone call: "It was kind of a punch in the stomach...Very unprofessional. Very, very unprofessional on their part."
Commenters at Time Out Chicago theorize that the restaurant critic position at the Chicago Sun-Times is being eliminated as a cost-cutting measure, but word in to Eater is that a replacement has already been selected. He or she will be announced soon.
This is not the last you'll hear of Bruno, though: his last review runs Friday and he's planning on launching a website and blog, will continue to contribute restaurant reviews to WBBM-AM and WCFS-FM radio and has a monthly column for Pizza Today.
Fun fact: Bruno's real first name is Pasquale. His anonymity was totally blown when he appeared under that name in a 2009 episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. He downplayed the incident, saying "I can count on one hand the number of times I have been 'made' while reviewing a restaurant."