AratedONLY.com, a New York City based company has launched a brand new customer-focused, interactive website this month. The site, AratedONLY.com, is designed in direct response to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's implementation of letter grades late last year.
AratedONLY.com Chief Executive Scott Skolnick says: "The city has brought this issue to the forefront by making restaurant health inspections public in a very meaningful way for the first time. Every venue's grade is prominently displayed on it's front window and is now in the consciousness of the consumer. Consumers can now make choices based on the sanitary record of a particular venue. Studies have shown that “A” rated restaurants will benefit from the publicity and those not making the grade will pay the price in the form of lost business. AratedONLY.com is the first national database of “A” rated restaurants on the internet. It is important for businesses to let both existing and potential customers know of their commitment to a clean, sanitary and healthy facility. AratedONLY.com is the website that consumers can access to easily identify restaurants and other establishments that are commuted to maintaining an “A” rating "
Restaurants and other Health Department “A” Rated businesses are qualified to be listed on the site for a nominal introductory fee.
"Customers are accustomed to using the internet to research restaurant's locations, menus, prices, hours and to make reservations and delivery orders. It is only natural that they would look to the internet to find an “A” rated restaurant" says Skolnick "
Business listings on the site will include a photo, description, menu, link to the venue’s website, a form for costumer feedback and the date and result of the most recent health department inspection. Skolnick stated that the site is intended to be the “definitive national database for “A” Rated Restaurants”. New York, Las Vegas, Los Angles, San Diego, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia all currently use the letter grade system similar to New York City. More municipalities are scheduled to begin using the letter grading system shortly. “The country is trending in the direction of using letter grades” said Skolnick.
The website is very easy for consumers to navigate and also provides one an opportunity to utilize special criteria to find restaurants all over the city by neighborhood, zip code and type of food. "If someone wants to dine at a Chinese restaurant in Forest Hills or Chelsea or Midwood, "for example, "the site lists the A Rated Only choices available." said Skolnick.