City Council Seeks Lower Fines for DOH-Inspected Restaurants

'A' for effort, to start.

The City Council passed a bill last month designed to give the dining public increased access to restaurant inspection results, and now the group is considering new legislation designed to attenuate fines incurred by restaurant inspection violations. According to WNYC, non-critical violations that do not pose a clear food-safety threat — an out-of-date warning sign posted in an incorrect location, for example — would result in warnings from an inspector, not fines. In theory, the new rules would help restaurant owners like Mark Lugris of the 85-year-old West Village restaurant El Faro, who claimed last week that he could not keep up with fines and would close "indefinitely" as a result. [WNYC via Eater NY, Earlier]