[UPDATE] Local Businesses Receive Grades

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Inspectors from the Thomas County Health Department gave Ryan's Family Steakhouse in Thomasville an unsatisfactory score on April 18th 2011.

Inspectors say any score under 70 gets an unsatisfactory rating, and the owners have 10 days to fix the problems.

The restaurant was re-inspected late last week and managers say it scored a 94.

"It was awesome they welcomed you in right, the food was good as much as much as the baby let me eat ... so far it was awesome," says Customer Javon Alston.

Inspectors say Georgia law requires restaurants and facilities to post their scores within 15 feet of the main entrance.

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"I will be on the look-out for grades now," Thomasville resident Leola Ross.

Businesses in Thomasville are getting their report cards but it's not the typical grades from teachers.

"We call it the inspection report and it's broken down into two parts,"
said Thomas County Inspector Jay Ridenhower.

Inspectors said Georgia law requires restaurants and facilities to post their scores within 15 feet of the main entrance giving some restaurant staff bragging rights.

"When customers walk in and realize we have a hundred it makes you feel like you're doing what you're suppose to do," said Izzo's head chef Eric Miller.

Inspectors said any score under 70 gets a "U" and the owners get 10 days to fix the problems.

"We go out we look at temperature, personal hygiene and making sure individuals are washing their hands."

Costumers said a failing grade plastered on a restaurant's window would definitely turn them away.

"I would no longer go there and I would tell my friends about it," said Thomasville Resident Eda Garcia.

WCTV logged on to the Health Department's Website to look up restaurants in the Thomas County area and we found one restaurant with a "U," Ryan's Family Steakhouse.

Inspectors said all 159 counties in the state use the same food codes and inspections are done at least three times a year.

Inspectors said Ryan's Steakhouse in Thomasville was inspected Monday (4/18).

According to the Health Department's website, the restaurant was cited for not having food stored


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