Yelp adding restaurant hygiene scores to its business pages
There will soon be another way to decide which restaurant you dine in. Beginning Tuesday, Yelp is adding restaurant hygiene scores to its business pages.
The rollout will begin with restaurants in Texas, New York, California, and Washington, D.C., and it will eventually expand nationwide.
Yelp works with a third party vendor to process data feeds directly from city and county agencies themselves. When the agencies don't provide a feed, robots fan out online to scrape the data off government websites and compile it together.
The result is on the mobile app is a condensed report often with just scores and dates. But the desktop site has more info, like the details about the violations.
Yelp says when customers see a low score, they don't call the restaurant, they don't click to get directions, and they certainly do not look at the menu.
Yelp says it takes about two weeks to scrape the data off government sites.