The city’s restaurants, by and large, have been straight-A students since the implementation of letter grades by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene the New York Post reports.
In a report published on Monday, the paper said that about 69 percent of the city’s restaurants scored A’s on their inspections, meaning they scored between 0 and 13 points on the department’s inspection system.
“On this one-year anniversary of restaurant grading, I am proud to say that the system is working for customers and for restaurants," Bloomberg said. "Not only has the city made restaurants cleaner, safer and more transparent for consumers, but the fine relief has saved 8,000 restaurant owners about $3 million.”
The system, which was implemented last summer, works simply. Restaurants are graded on a scale from A to C, and can appeal the results of an inspection.
Only four percent of the city’s restaurants got the lowest possible C grade, and 12 percent of restaurants are currently appealing their score, according to the paper.
In addition to receiving the grades, restaurants have to display the graded placards they receive to indicate their grade near eye-level at the entrance to their restaurant.
Any restaurant that doesn’t display the placard can be fined up to $1,000.