A good number of New York City restaurants have earned high marks from the Department of Health. According to the New York Daily News, nearly half of the city's restaurants have been blessed with the coveted "A" grade by the DOH. Furthermore, fewer restaurants are being closed; just 1,388 restaurants have been shut down during this fiscal year compared to 1,646 during the same time frame last year.
While a decline in closures is good for businesses and patrons, it means less money for the city. The city collected $38.1 million in fines during the same period last year, and the number has dropped to $30.3 million from last July through the end of this March.
The city anticipates that fines will continue to drop as the quality of its restaurants improves.
[via New York Daily News]