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A Note on the May 6 Joshua McFadden Story

May 6, 2021

On May 6, 2021 Portland Monthly published a story on our website about Joshua McFadden’s Submarine Hospitality, focusing on internal changes McFadden and his company have made to address allegations of misconduct at his restaurants that first emerged on Instagram last summer. Food critic Karen Brooks wrote a story last summer of a long-overdue reckoning in the city's kitchens. In this story, she sought to update readers on one of the city's flagship restaurant groups.

After reflection, I have decided to take the story down. Six months to a year from now, a story centered on the voices of employees and observers, instead of those of the company’s leadership, will be better able to evaluate how those changes had been implemented. But now is far too soon for that.

I do not believe in giving air to mere promises of change. I apologize to our readers and I take full responsibility. I will offer this instead of another promise: I want you to see for yourself, in our pages and on our website, that we have done better.

Marty Patail

Editor in Chief

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