After more than three years covering the Houston food scene, the independent food publication Houston Food Finder will officially stop publishing in the coming weeks.
Publisher Phaedra Cook announced the news in a post to the Houston Food Finder on Friday morning, noting that without a large cash flow, the Houston Food Finder would fold over the next two weeks. Cook told Eater that the publication would end in the next few days, after publishing several stories and podcast episodes.
“Since it was founded in November 2016, the Houston Food Finder has not found adequate support in the business community to be profitable,” Cook said. “The biggest problem that is ongoing is that he can’t even pay me for my full time job. Over the past three years, I have experienced a lot of debt, and unfortunately not a situation that can last forever. ”
Cook has long been open about the financial struggle of the Houston Food Finder, and was almost forced to close publications in 2019. Publications fans started GoFundMe, which raised more than $ 5,000 to help pay writers and turn on the lights in the Houston Food Finder. According to Cook, crowdfunding platforms “reject” a number of contributions made to fundraising, some of which publications must pay back. Patreon and the virtual “tip jar” on Facebook also raise funds, but in the end it’s not enough.
According to Cook, the Houston Food Finder can make a comeback if it finds the financial support it needs. “While I leave the door open for some good circumstances, it’s likely the Houston Food Finder will publish the last few stories and podcast episodes for the next two weeks and then close,” Cook said.
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