I think the problem here is with social mores. Trying to publicly predict who is going to be the next to fail, or asking those who are friends with the owners of restaurants to talk to them about how they're doing, and then report back with the info... some people don't have a problem with it, but a lot of us do. For some, it's no different than predicting the outcome of a baseball game. For others, there's a personal side to it.
We're supporters of downtown, and in many cases, regular patrons of these establishments. There's a "stabbed in the back" kind of feeling to predicting their demise, even if we do feel it's on its way. 6th, not long ago, you asked upso to use his friendship with Manos to find out if they're nearing a failure. I have no doubt it's a very sensitive subject for Manos, and you're asking upso to exploit a friendship to dig up dirt, then report back to random people on a message board. Asking the owner of a restaurant when he thinks his business will fail is incredibly rude, and not unlike asking the parent of a terminally ill child, "So how long until you think he dies?"
So just because we aren't forecasting the failures that eventually come, that doesn't mean we're looking at things through rose-colored glasses, or that we're suddenly making excuses when they do happen. We're just being respectful to the people who are risking everything to do what they love, for better or for worse.