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Fishers health department introduces new restaurant grading scale

Posted at 9:14 PM, Aug 29, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-30 17:16:20-04

FISHERS — If you're a foodie exploring Fishers, you'll soon have something just as important as the menu to read before your meal.

The Fishers Health Department will require all restaurants to display their food inspection grades at their entrances starting Sept. 1. Restaurants need to display their grades by Sept. 30.

"Inspections are public record, but they're not easy to find for consumers," Fishers Health Department Assistant Director Josh Robinson said. "If you place an inspection result at a facility, it helps improve what's going on inside the facility."

Restaurants receive health grades of either "A", "B" or "C" on a 100-point scale. An "A" is 81 points or above, a "B" is 71 to 80 points and a "C" is between 61 to 70 points.

Any restaurant that receives 60 points or less will be named an imminent health hazard and will be closed until all violations have been corrected.

Brian Graham owns Four Day Ray Brewery in downtown Fishers. He believes the grades will help restaurants remain accountable to their customers.

"Obviously, this business is difficult, but at the end of the day, you're in the business of taking care of guests when they come in," Graham said. "If you can't do what you set out to do to earn a living and make money, then you're not going to be around for very long anyway."

The grades must be posted at a restaurant's main entrance and at eye-level so customers can easily scan it before they decide to eat there. The health grades are also available online through Fishers' interactive dashboard.

Robinson said the health department inspected approximately 300 restaurants.