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Eater Launches “Mall Food Madness,” a Nostalgic Tribute to the Great American Mall

Eater’s latest editorial package is a retrospective on mall food culture in all of its forms

Eater today launched Mall Food Madness – a collection of stories that examines and celebrates America’s unique connection to the mall and the varied ways we eat our way through it.

Because the vibrant, crowded, bustling mall has become a thing of the past, food has increasingly become central to its survival. Old malls are reinventing themselves into diverse entertainment complexes with destination restaurants, and a new breed of ultra-malls has transformed the food court entirely into aspirational culinary destinations.

Through salutes to food court staples like Mrs. Fields and Auntie Anne’s, profile spotlights on iconic strip mall businesses like Panda Express, a flashback piece about 80s mall food culture, personal essays and more, “Mall Food Madness” is a nostalgic tribute to the Great American Mall.

The full list of stories is below:

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Eater is the locals-first authoritative guide to eating better. Eater is at the forefront of reporting on the restaurant industry, shaping food culture with its award-winning journalism and programming, as well as its beloved maps and guides. The network has grown into the leading voice in the food media space with its passion for great food and great stories spanning digital and social platforms, audio, OTT and television — including No Passport Required, Eater’s PBS docuseries with host Chef Marcus Samuelsson, celebrating America’s diverse immigrant food traditions, and a multi-year, multi-series deal with Hulu including Eater’s Guide to the World.