Board of Health to Require City Restaurants to Post Grades

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    The New York City Board of Health has voted to require restaurants to display large letter grades near their entrances. It will indicate how clean they were in their last health inspections.

    The public grading system is designed to give potential customers instant access to information about where they're about to eat.

    The health department says most of the restaurants it inspects each year maintain good or excellent health conditions. But about a quarter of them have significant problems.

    The plan approved Tuesday came after a public hearing and monthlong open comment period.

    Restaurants that receive grades lower than an "A'' have time to improve their sanitary conditions before they have to post anything.