Keep calm, chow down. Food inspection failures aren't all that rare

August 20, 2012|By Mick Swasko | RedEye

Keep calm, chow down.

Yes, some foodies may have been frustrated this weekend at a report that Logan Square’s Longman and Eagle failed its food inspection Aug. 9. According to city records, the award-winning spot had several health code violations, including overflowing garbage containers without locks and chains, a cluttered basement and a partially unsealed ceiling basement.

But the failure isn’t a death sentence, and should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Last year, the Tribune published an analysis of all inspection data, and found that about one in five restaurants at the time had failed an inspection over a two year period. The same article notes that a failure doesn’t mean danger--city officials said that if a restaurants food or building poses a threat to public safety, it will be immediately shut down.

In the case of Longman and Eagle, the restaurant will have time to correct the problems before its next inspection. And the hot spot isn’t alone, about 180 other restaurants around the city have failed food inspections just since the beginning of July.

The city has made it simple to see how your ‘hood fares when it comes to food inspections. A data portal launched last year keeps a running log of all inspections conducted, along with results and violations. Need a visual? Click around the map above of all food inspections and the results since the beginning of July, or click here for a larger version.

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