Not surprisingly, almost all of the places caught hiding their grades failed to make an “A.” 55% of those fined for failing to post grades received a “C,” which is the lowest possible score, and 43% received a “B” from the city. For some reason, 30 restaurants with “A” grades were fined for not posting the inspection results.
Restaurants that fail to post their grades face fines of $1,000, but some owners say the fine is nothing compared to the business they would lose if they posted their subpar grades in the window.
“I’d rather take the fine than place (the C) up there. It would have ruined my business,” says the manager of a Brooklyn restaurant I will never patronize again. “I know a lot of other restaurants do that because it’s not worth it.”
The city isn’t exactly thrilled with businesses that would rather hide a sign than keep a clean kitchen.
“Restaurants with C grades may try to get away with not posting the card, but should instead focus on improving food safety practices,” a rep for the Health Department tells the Daily News.