Everyone has seen food permits hanging inside restaurants, but what does it really say about the establishment?
Now, people can check if their favorite hot spot made the grade faster than they can cut into a steak.
The good news is if a restaurant is open it has passed the health inspection. And now, people can find out how many times it took them to pass or how many follow-up calls an inspector had to make after reported violations.
Breakfast and lunch restaurant You Say Tomato has nothing to hide. The kitchen is wide open.
"I think people get a little tired of what might be hidden behind the doors in a kitchen," co-owner Randy Parks said.
Parks keeps his kitchen clean and green.
"We try to be as organic as possible," Parks said.
You Say Tomato ranks among the top 2 percent of cleanest restaurants in Kansas City.
The award is proudly displayed right next to the health permit for everyone to see.
People want to know that the places they frequent are healthy and safe, said Jeff Hershberger, the health department's spokesperson.
"Our food inspection results are among one of our five top pages that are always hit on the health department website," Hershberger said.
A QR code is a new feature stamped on the permit. People scan it with their smartphones, then search the name of the restaurant.
"It'll pull the place right up, and they can look at the most recent food inspections; actually all the inspections since 2007 for that establishment," Hershberger said.
It is all public knowledge, something Parks said won't be turning his customers away.
If there is something that people find does not look clean or safe, they can get in touch with the Kansas City Health Department, and an inspector will arrive at the establishment within 24 hours.
People can call 311 with any complaints.
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