You’ll soon see letter grades reflecting the number of health code violations at restaurants in Milwaukee.
In 2018, letter grades will be given to restaurants inspected by the city but posting them will be voluntary. Then in 2019, all restaurants will need to put those grades up for the public to see.
CBS 58 News stopped by the 5’O Clock Steakhouse, the first restaurant graded under the new system.
“2018 marks 72 years that this restaurant has been operating. So there’s like a lot of restaurants who are kind of stuck in doing things a certain way and traditions. And you have to maintain the character of who you are as a restaurant but there are certain things that do change,” said Stelio Kalkounos, Managing Partner at 5 O’Clock Steakhouse.
That includes the city inspection policy.
“These letter grades are going to be posted so that everyone can know exactly where a restaurant stands and everyone can make certain they can dine with confidence that food safety and the lack of foodborne illness is our number one goal here,” said Bevan Baker, Commissioner of Health.
5’O Clock Steakhouse got an “A.”
Restaurants can get an “A” “B” or “C” grade. A “C” means the place may have to temporarily close.