Yelp has debuted a new feature for its San Francisco site that shows a score based on city health inspections. Called the "Local Inspector Value-entry Specification" or, more snappily, LIVES, the new feature provides a numerical score and a link to information about a restaurant's health code history, including any violations and the date of the last inspection. The New York Post brings word this morning that similar features will soon go live on Yelp sites in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
For now, San Francisco businesses are the only ones with health scores on their pages. Which means that SF Yelpers can now learn that restaurant The Cheese Steak Shop, for example, boasts a score of 92 (out of a possible 100), despite a May inspection that found "Wiping Cloths not clean/inadequate sanitizer turbid/not properly stored Rodents/Roaches/Flies/Other Animals." According to Yelp, the new feature has "the guidance and encouragement of the White House" and is the result of a collaboration with the cities of San Francisco and New York, which explains why NYC is next.