By Tyler Mercer–

According to health codes, the health rating must be clearly displayed for customers to see.


The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is continually working to improve the health of the Louisville Community. The LMDPHW regularly inspects restaurants throughout Louisville to make sure that the food these establishments serve is healthy and safe for consumers. On Sept. 24 the LMDPHW inspected The Ville Grille, a dining option located on the University of Louisville campus, and reported a score of 92 accompanied with a C placard, giving The Ville Grill a failing score.

As stated on, a C placard: “includes all inspections with critical violations. A “C” placard indicates that a food service facility has failed to meet minimum requirements of the Kentucky State Food Code. This will include a score with any critical violations. The “C” placard will be placed for a minimum of seven (7) days and not more than ten days. A follow-up inspection will be conducted and the applicable placard posted.”

In response to the C placard, U of L Dining Services commented: “The C is for Critical and was a result of a malfunction in our dish machine at the time of inspection. The machine is being repaired. All dishes in use have been safely sanitized. If at any point our supply of sanitized dishes runs out, we will immediate switch to disposable. Your health and safety is the primary concern. The Health Department will return by next week, at which time a new rating will be posted.”

Student reactions were varied when The Louisville Cardinal tweeted the story last week. Blake Allen, sophomore pre-Engineering major, said, “I just think that safety needs to be a priority and students should have confidence that their food is being prepared correctly in a safe environment.” Many other dining options at U of L received passing A placards. The LMDPHW will return to do a follow-up inspection this week.

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