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The new restaurant letter grades program might be going away

Posted at 9:34 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 23:10:06-05

Not even a year after Milwaukee started giving letter grades for restaurant health inspections it could be going away. That's because a state law could create another new system.

The "A, B, C" letter grades went into effect in January earlier this year. The city debuted the new system Five O'Clock Steakhouse with city health inspectors giving them an "A" grade.

Now less than a year later, the state wants to eliminate the grades and align itself with the FDA's code, which does not grade or score restaurants.

New restaurant owner Courtney Reddix who runs of Fresh Market Pantry wonders what the proposed change could mean.

"It's kind of hard to get a good grade. You have to do a lot to keep up with the restaurant. It's a lot of different things that you have to make sure you are doing to keep your grade where it is supposed to be," Reddix said.

And restaurant patrons are not sure what this will mean either.

"It's nice for the guest if they want to check if there is a consistent spot they can check right when they enter a place rather than go chase that info down online," Doug Carstens said walking into a restaurant on Brady Street.

"It makes me feel like they are clean and you know, I won't get salmonella poisoning or food poisoning," Amanda Asbel of Milwaukee, who was dining out, said.

TODAY'S TMJ4 did reach out to the state board about the proposed change and have not heard back. Alderman Michael Murphy and Mayor Tom Barrett plan to address the proposed change Monday.