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Leftover food news: The end of Sirloin Saloon; the start of a new online community for foodies

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A year short of its 50th birthday, the Sirloin Saloon dynasty has ended. The last location closed in Rutland on April 1, just three months after the Manchester restaurant shuttered abruptly, around Christmastime. The decision was corporate, says a representative from DWH1 LLC, which still owns a Dakota Steakhouse in Pittsfield, Mass. The San-Diego-based company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions last year, declaring debts between $1 million and $10 million. The world is sure to miss the steaks, seafood and smiles.

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Burlingtonians hoping to share foodie finds have a new way to do it. The last week in March saw the launch of a FoodspottingBTV group on Facebook. It’s a local offshoot of the Foodspotting smartphone app, which diners in metropolitan areas use to share photos of fantastic dishes and restaurants, all routed to a handy geolocator.

In two years, the app has collected more than a million photos, and city groups have sprung up across the country. After using the app while traveling, Alexandra Tursi, director of social media at Kelliher Samets Volk, thought Burlington could benefit from a group of its own. “The food culture in Vermont is so rich, and the food culture in Burlington is so vibrant,” she says. “Why not have one here? People love talking about food.”

Tursi hopes the Facebook group will encourage passionate Burlington-area diners to use the app and expand the Foodspotting database, while also serving as a gathering place to discuss gustatory issues.

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