RE: John's pizza NYC-health inspector closed
As with all broadcast media news reports on the current NYC restaurant health violation scene, this news report from a all-news radio station is short on details. Even worse is the Department of Health itself. As I type this, it still has the results of a May 26, 2006 report on its web site giving the restaurant a score of 6. The lower the number, the better. The citywide average is 13. The failing grade is 28.
The print media has been providing more details. From an editorial in today's New York Post:
"Fact is, there isn't a restaurant in New York City - hell, in the world - that could stand up to a rule-book inspection conducted by someone with an embarrassed and angry boss.
Yes, John's Pizzeria "failed" because it had more than 100 rodent droppings. But the so-called "book" allows inspectors considerable latitude.
According to the rules, a restaurant can fail an inspection - and still remain open if it corrects its violations by the time of a follow-up "compliance" inspection.
Yet John's was shut down on the spot."
In New York, the owner of a closed down restaurant always talks about one "mox nix" violation, and says nothing about the other 22 violations, including two rats copulating under the salad bar. But this time, I have to agree with Tony that the health department is picking well-known places to shut down in order to get attention.