Wednesday, November 2, 2011
When an A isn't really an A
Restaurateurs that take the extra step of contesting their health violations usually come out as winners.
Nearly three-quarters of eatery owners that fought their poor grade have ended up having sanitary infractions tossed, and many have had their C’s and B’s turn into A’s, according to an amNewYork analysis of city health department statistics.
The data, which run from July 2010, when the city began linking sanitary violations to letter grades, through Sept. 13, 2011, show that:
— Of the 12,503 hearings held for restaurants with B and C grades, 41 percent of restaurants were able to get enough violation points knocked off to raise their grade by at least one letter.
— A total of 261 of eateries with an original C grade improved to an A.
— Only two restaurants had their number of violations increased.