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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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5 REASONS WHY RESTAURANTS NEED TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT MOCK INSPECTIONS MONTHLY

A mock inspection is an unannounced inspection simulated to recreate a Department of Health (DOHMH) Inspection. Why is it important for restaurants and all food service establishments to get independent mock inspections every month? We get asked this question all the time… Besides the fact that they are the key to that coveted “A” letter grade […]

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TOP TEN WAYS TO AVOID VIOLATIONS AND GET YOUR RESTAURANT READY FOR FLY SEASON

Considered a critical violation by the NYC Health Code, flies found during an inspection by the Department of Health carry many points, can cost thousands of dollars in fines, and may  possibly jeopardize the “A” on your door.  Besides causing compliance issues with the letter grade system,  the bacteria transmitted by flies could potentially contaminate food […]

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THE LETTER GRADE SYSTEM COMING TO NYC SALONS?

A modified version of the system responsible for lowering instances of food borne illness, increasing hygiene practices and making restaurants safer could be coming to a salon near you. Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr. introduced a bill creating a Letter Grade System for cosmetology businesses. Regulated by the NY State division of licensing Services, […]

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5 Ways Restaurant Operators Can Prevent Food Borne Illness In The Front Of The House

It seems as if the focus is always on preventing food borne illness in the back of the house.  However, food service establishments must not forget that food borne illness from cross contamination can easily occur in the front of the house.    The following are 5 ways to practice food safety in the front of […]

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