The local indie restaurant scene has taken a beating this year after a fatal superbug sucked the life out of some of the city's best restaurants. The virus, which is the result of shitty economic factors mutating an otherwise healthy business environment, latches onto seemingly successful restaurants, burrows into and feeds off of their cash flow while simultaneously emitting a noxious odor that keeps away customers. The unpredictable spread of the disease has plenty of restaurant owners battening down their financial hatches in hopes that they can secure their moolah. Many of those still plugging along swear by the power of positive thinking. Scientists, economists and business tycoons have all given up on a cure, believing in a Darwinian model. For those who've fallen we'll pour one for you, homies.