Consumer dining expectations post COVID19.
We recently saw a potential glimpse at what consumer dining expectations post COVID19 could look like. We had been socially distancing in Florida and began a road trip to Colorado. We hadn’t eaten in any restaurants for 7 weeks. Days before, Florida restaurants opened their doors for outdoor seating.
After looking at the DiningGrades.com health department inspections, we chose Barracks Fish House in Pensacola. We approached the open-air seating hostess stand with masks on. The two greeters wore masks. On the way to the outdoor table, our hostess suggested we use a wall mounted hand sanitizer. Continue reading “Consumer Dining Expectations Post COVID19”
After obtaining several million health department inspections, reviewing tens of thousands of health department reports, sifting through hundreds of health department websites and analyzing dozens of scoring schema I offer some conclusions.
We need consistency in restaurant grading.
Consistency in restaurant grading score card
The FDA has developed, over decades, a simple inspection report card. Using this standardized report card is the first key to consistency. In my blog titled “Problems With Restaurant Food Safety Grading”, I review variances in food safety definitions.
There can be very few reasons not to use a universal score card and none of them hold any merit in the goal of improving the public health.
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It’s a lot of fun to walk the streets of larger cities, look at the menu, the prices and the atmosphere from the outside. Perhaps, like me, you look for stickers on the windows from notable travel sites. All of this goes into your decision making to enter and enjoy the evening dining out.
Fortunately, now you can add excellence in food safety and “Dine Out with Confidence” by looking for the DiningGrades.com A+ Window Decal.
Continue reading “Choosing a Safe Restaurant While Walking the Streets”
It has become common place for the media to post failed restaurant inspections. The public seems to be ‘hungry’ for this information with the growth of television shows focusing on such issues. These types of stories can lead to the demise of the tarnished restaurant.
Continue reading “Challenges of Health Department Inspections: The Tarnished Image”
Budget cuts can threaten public safety.
Federal and state governments continually face budget challenges. Often, they choose to cut services when there doesn’t really seem to be a problem. The logic likely is, why spend money on restaurant inspections when there hasn’t been any major food borne epidemic in months or longer? It is this type of flawed logic that can lead to a disaster.
Continue reading “Challenges of Health Department Inspections: Declining Dollars”
After obtaining several million health department inspections, reviewing tens of thousands of health department reports, sifting through hundreds of health department websites, and analyzing dozens of scoring schema, we offer some conclusions.
For restaurant health department inspections to really be useful, we need consistency.
Continue reading “Restaurant Grading Solutions: We Need Consistency”
A well-known restaurant in a large metropolitan city had a recurring mouse infestation, which had been identified and a health inspector had written orders to the owner to eliminate the rodents. The premise was re-inspected and a wait staff employee was observed taking a soup cup, which had mouse droppings in it, emptying the droppings onto a floor and using that same cup, filling it with soup, to serve to a customer. The Inspector stopped the soup from being served to the customer, immediately closed the restaurant for non-compliance to previous orders. The news of the restaurant’s closure made the newspaper. The restaurant re-opened after it complied with the written orders, but closed permanently a few weeks later, because the general public lost confidence in the establishment.
Continue reading “Here are some real Health Inspector stories that may turn your stomach.”
Writers for ESPN reviewed the Public Health Department inspections of 107 major league stadiums within the United States. Their review underscores the deplorable state of filthiness that puts sports enthusiasts at risk for food borne illness.
Continue reading “Wonder How Clean Those Stadium Kitchens Are?”