SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Patrons of restaurants in South Charleston and on Corridor G should begin to see new, color-coded ratings posted in those eateries.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's six-month pilot program for a new restaurant rating system began Wednesday. The first two inspection reports under the new pilot were posted Thursday morning in the Las Trancas restaurant at Southridge Centre and the soon-to-open Cabela's, which sells food as well as sporting goods.
Registered sanitarian David Winowich, who inspected the businesses, said both received excellent ratings, but in different ways.
Las Trancas had some critical violations, but restaurant employees corrected them before the sanitarian left. Cabela's had no critical violations to begin with.
"The color-coded [rating] reflects the corrected score," Winowich said. "You could have 10 critical and 30 non-critical and correct them all [and have a good score]."
It's for that reason that Winowich advised restaurant patrons to read all of the rating form, which lists the corrected violations, not just the rating itself.
The posted rating forms indicate how the restaurant was when Winowich leaves, not how it was when he arrived, he said.
No matter what rating a restaurant gets, the ratings are "snapshots in time" of how the business comply with the food code, he said.