Grub Street is shutting down all of its local sites with the exception of the New York City branch. According to former Grub Street writer Jenny Miller, Grub Street will be "shutting down non-NYC editions," and Chicago editor Michael Gebert also tweeted, "OK, yes it is true. Grub Street Chicago is no more. I am a free agent."
This is in line with rumors coming over the tipline that a major downsizing is in the works over at the New York Media-owned restaurant site, and multiple knowledgeable sources have confirmed to Eater that these rumors are true. Grub Street currently has city branches in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. More details:
Update: Grub Street runs a post announcing the closures: "It's with regret that Grub Street announces the closure of our local blogs outside of New York, in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston... Later this evening, those blogs will redirect to Grubstreet.com... This doesn't mean that Grub Street won't be covering these cities anymore: We'll continue to write about openings and other news from there and, indeed, the rest of the country."
Update #2: Here's a statement from New York Media's Director of Public Relations:
Grub Street is being refocused as a national food website with its home base in New York, but will continue to cover big stories wherever they originate on the map.
For background, the multi-city strategy was an outgrowth of New York Media's acquisition of MenuPages in 2008, and a way to enhance the MenuPages offering in its cities outside New York. (MenuPages operated blogs in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, which were relaunched as Grub Street blogs in July 2009, along with Grub Street Los Angeles.) Since the 2011 sale of MenuPages to Seamless, New York Media has been evaluating the best way to grow Grub Street and decided to shift resources away from the non-NY blogs.