06
Jun
07

Inspections? What restaurant inspections?

Two years after a rigorous expose by The Allentown Morning Call, the state Ag Department has finally relented and begun posting restaurant inspections online.

Just not very many.

Go ahead, try your luck at the Ag Dept website

I plugged in Fisaga, the place downtown that has had the most churn. No record.

Then I tried Stock’s on Second and The Firehouse, two of the oldest restaurants on the Row. You’d think … but again, nada.

Finally, I put in … The Spot.  Which has been around forever. Nothing.

If the state Ag Department has really been inspecting restaurants and now the results are online, and they missed The Spot … whoa.  Maybe it’s under some kind of Rendell Protection Plan.

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5 Responses to “Inspections? What restaurant inspections?”


  1. 1 Amanda
    June 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Supposedly, there are 23,000 restaurants in the database, according to the article I read this morning from the Post-Gazette. It may be that Dauphin county is included in this sentence from the article:

    “The online database, run by the state Department of Agriculture, does not contain inspection reports for restaurants in Allegheny County, however, or a number of other locales across the state that handle their own food service inspections.”

    They did mention a restaurant in Lancaster, though, so you may want to try some over there.

  2. June 7, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    I think Harrisburg City has it’s own jurisdiction over restaurant inspections and that is why they are not listed.

    It would be nice to get a report from downtown, but good luck getting that from the city. You might want to assign one of the blogHarrisburg watchdogs to try and hunt that one down for you otherwise they might start yelling “conspiracy!”

    Besides, if the report did contain any negative information, I doubt the mayor would want to bring bad press to the crown jewel we call Restaurant Row.

  3. 3 Jennifer
    June 9, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Harrisburg fired the only health inspecter they had, from what I heard.

  4. 4 JJ
    November 3, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    CORRUPTION IN OUR GOVT? OH COME ON BOYS. NOT IN PA. LOL. YOU KNOW, I ONLY FOUND 10 OF THE OVER 500 RESTAURANTS IN MY HOMETOWN OF CORAOPOLIS/MOON TOWNSHIP. JUST GOES TO SHOW WE HAVE THE BEST POLITICIANS MONEY CAN BUY !THINKABOUT THAT NEXT TIME YOU VOTE REPUBLICAN!


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In culinary school and getting ready to trade the writing life for the cooking life. Or not. Might do both. At the moment I'm a feature writer for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. My name is Pat Carroll.

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