I got a big smile when I saw the old Pilgreen's sign as today's Roadfood of the Day (5/22/13), but then grimaced because I'm pretty aware which Georgia restaurants are listed here in the reviews, and this old Atlanta landmark - a longtime favorite of my late father, who contended that their bartender made the finest martini on the planet - has been closed for probably ten years now. There's a quasi-Pilgreen's left, south of the city in McDonough, in the community building of a big swim & tennis & golf club for retirees. So I clicked the link and knew what would happen. It just redirected back to the main page.
I realize that I'm just a powerless member here who doesn't pay for anything, but whoever is responsible for the decision to archive closed restaurants, I urge you, again, to reconsider and to KNOCK IT OFF. This has long been a pain in the neck, because Marie, Let's Eat! has more than three dozen links to reviews at Roadfood.com and every time a restaurant - Georgia Pig, Harold's Barbecue, whatever - closes down, I have to go back in my blog's archives and edit out the link to Roadfood.com. That's the selfish reason, but there is a much bigger thing that I wish you would reconsider.
More than the little work this causes me, the accidental reappearance of this Pilgreen's article is a stunning reminder of what we're missing by chopping away the records of closed businesses. I would LOVE to read that story about Pilgreen's. It closed before I became aware of Roadfood.com. I would love to see the photos that accompany it. I have heard the feeble defense that keeping up a review page for a business that has closed might confuse somebody who wants to go eat there. I tell you that if anybody makes a pilgrimage to a restaurant without phoning them first to confirm their hours has only themselves to blame - guilty as charged myself, m'lud! - and that whomever maintains these records could surely add a large CLOSED note beneath the name and a paragraph reporting they are no longer in business.
More to the point, this almost-reappearance of the Pilgreen's article reminds me of other restaurants that closed before I had the chance to visit, like Melear's in Fayetteville GA. The only memory that I have about that restaurant is the faded memory of what I read here, and I wish that I knew more, and could read it again. It does not make one bit of sense for us to be hobbyists who share an out-of-the-ordinary interest in the history of restaurants and regional dining, and then to excise and hide that history when a business closes, rather than keeping these photos and stories up for people to look back on.
To put it another way, archiving these pages makes as much sense as going around to the Sterns' old books with a pair of scissors. I want those pages back. Whomever is in charge, please reconsider this policy and begin restoring them. Thank you.