RestaurantData.com Launches Beta Site

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RestaurantData.com announces the launch of a beta version of their website designed to analyze and aggregate government food safety and restaurant inspection records.

People want as much information as possible about the source of their food. Most local governments don't have the technology to analyze and compare inspection records the way we do.

Government inspection records are publicly available, but the information often exists in hard-to-find places and without proper metrics for comparison. RestaurntData.com works with local governments to analyze restaurant inspection data, assign them a grade, and let customers rate and rank the restaurants.

Certain cities, such as Los Angeles, California, award restaurant grades based on inspection records. Other cities, while they regularly inspect restaurants, do not issue a grade. This makes it hard for diners to analyze the inspection. For example, in Maricopa County the average restaurant receives 2 violations per inspection. The county never publicizes that bit of data, though, so when reading an inspection report of a restaurant that has 5 violations, it is almost impossible to know if this is typical of all restaurants or the restaurant in question has a particularly bad record.

"People want as much information as possible about the source of their food. Most local governments don't have the technology to analyze and compare inspection records the way we do," says the website creator David Peterson.

RestaurantData aims to be more of a consumer advocate website than most of the other competition in the restaurant user generated data space. Most competitors are focused on helping restaurants market themselves rather than putting out all available data.

The website currently offers data on restaurants in Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Philadelphia. They plan to expand to the nations top 50 markets in 2010.

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