Bloomington-Normal is ranked 80th in the U.S. by Nielsen as one of the best places in the country to open a restaurant, in part because of disposable income and our proclivity to dine out. According to Nielsen, Bloomington is also ranked 9th in sales per restaurant, with establishments raking in nearly 1.2 million dollars on average. The nearly 400 restaurants in Bloomington-Normal, in addition to those in other McLean County communities are inspected twice or more per year by the McLean County Health Department and now those inspections are online.
People accessing the inspection results at the McLean Health Department website will now get more of the story, including inspector comments and details about violations.
Tom Anderson is the director of the McLean County Health Department's Environmental Health Division and oversees the county's inspectors or sanitarians, as they're known. He tells WGLT's Mike McCurdy restaurant patrons can now better understand the why behind the scores.
Access the online inspection results at the McLean County Health Department website.