I saw a comment here recently (can’t remember which thread, sorry) claiming that online chat about specific restaurants is only useful in the short term, and over the years these comments become less useful.
As a local historian, I disagree Today I published an article which quotes a five-year-old post from JFores on Chowhound, describing a restaurant that’s no longer open and giving a great insight into the history of the building I’m writing about. I only wish there had been Chowhounds/Hunions/HOs roaming my area of interest for far longer.
I’m also very grateful to people who donate flyers and takeaway menus to their local archives — this sort of ephemera isn’t often saved, but in 30, 40, 50 years’ time it’s going to be invaluable.
The article’s here if you’re interested: [79 London Road: Shadi Bakery], though be warned it’s a relatively long read for an online piece.