The Times reports that while the Department of Health is having its budget and staff cut, it hopes to hire 45 restaurant inspectors (to the tune of $4.8 million) in order to implement a new program in which restaurants will be forced to display hygiene scores. This is not good news for places like Payard, which a couple weeks ago scored 53 points due in part to mice; or the Upper East Side location of Sarabeth’s, which just scored a 59 for roaches, mice, and flies; or another high-scorer, Republic. The worst of the current fine-dining offenders? Insieme, which clocked in at 82 back in November.
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