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China Daily: Chinatown restaurants learn how to get an ‘A’

China Daily: Chinatown restaurants learn how to get an ‘A’

Between July 2012 and March 2013, New York restaurants paid $30.3 million in health inspection fines. Of the 293 restaurants in Manhattan’s Chinatown district, the total in fines was about $600,000. “For such a small restaurant community, that amount is really significant,” Rada Tarnovsky, a New York attorney and president of Letter Grade Consulting, told […]

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Good Morning America: ‘GMA’ Investigates: How Clean Is Your Kitchen?

Good Morning America: ‘GMA’ Investigates: How Clean Is Your Kitchen?

ABC News’ Amanda Keegan and Dr. Richard Besser report: ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Many cities across the country are adopting a letter-grade inspection system that requires restaurant operators to post publicly their health inspection grades for all to see. But what about your own kitchen at home? “GMA” Investigates decided to give […]

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PIX 11 News: Restaurants shelling out big bucks to ensure ‘A’ grades from health department

PIX 11 News: Restaurants shelling out big bucks to ensure ‘A’ grades from health department

With the ding of the bell, the chef at Bottomz Up in Kips Bay sends out the first burger of the lunch shift. But the behind-the-scenes work to get that perfectly seasoned hunk meat out to the table safely has been going on for months. Bottomz Up is one of the 88% of New York […]

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Total Food Service: Letter Grade Consulting Offers Solutions For Health Department Inspections’ Portfolio Of NYC

Total Food Service: Letter Grade Consulting Offers Solutions For Health Department Inspections’ Portfolio Of NYC

A restaurant owner’s biggest fear is being shut down by the health department. With the use of social media, public awareness of food borne illness has spread like the plague in cyber space. In New York City, the difference between an “A” or a “B” letter grade in your window can make or break your […]

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Observer: Kumon-like Kitchen Consultants Help Restaurants Game Letter Grades

Observer: Kumon-like Kitchen Consultants Help Restaurants Game Letter Grades

Pop quizzes always make us a little queasy, but this surprise test might help settle your stomach. In front of every New York restaurant, costumers can find the restaurant’s grade plastered in a front window. And as parents and teachers expect A’s from their budding, bright-eyed students, so too costumers expect that successful mark.  Ever […]

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N.Y. Times: Restaurants Follow Consultants’ Advice to the Letter for an A Grade

N.Y. Times: Restaurants Follow Consultants’ Advice to the Letter for an A Grade

Restaurants Follow Consultants’ Advice to the Letter for an A Grade Like actual health department inspectors, the company’s inspectors show up unannounced. They do what real inspectors do — they are themselves former health department inspectors — and they spot-check everything from the temperature of food in refrigerators (at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit) to […]

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Crain’s: Consultants profit from restaurant letter grades

Crain’s: Consultants profit from restaurant letter grades

Consultants profit from restaurant letter grades Eateries seeking A’s are lining up to get expert help. Since opening in June 2012, La Marina, a waterfront restaurant in northern Manhattan, has notified employees to cover the fruit at the bar and not to store the ice-removal utensil in the freezer. Behind these instructions—and a bunch more—is […]

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New NYC Legislation Requires Gender Neutral Bathrooms

New NYC Legislation Requires Gender Neutral Bathrooms – June 28, 2016 A new law signed by Mayor Deblasio requires single occupant restrooms in public places like restaurants and bars to be gender neutral. The Rule Effective January 2017 all single occupant bathrooms should be made available for use by persons of any sex (Article 315 […]

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RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MENU WARNINGS AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2016

New Health Warning As of January 1st 2016, Sec. 81.11 of the New York Health Code mandates that all food service establishments serving meat,fish, molluscan shellfish or unpasteurized raw shell eggs raw or undercooked (prepared below a temperture required by the Code) must include specific written  language on their menus. Old Health Warning Although warnings were always […]

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COMPLYING WITH SMOKING LAWS

The NYC Department of Health requires every food service establishment to post a sign along with a non smoking policy. The sign now includes E-cigarette language.  Although non compliance does not carry any violation points, money fines will be assessed. Download both the sign and the language below and post immediately. Make sure that the sign is printed with a color […]

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