NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Health Department awarded 166 food establishments throughout the city with the agency’s Top Lighthouse rating for demonstrating safe and sanitary practices.
Food establishments are given the designation “when they receive four consecutive excellent inspection grades,” according to Norwalk Health Director Tim Callahan.
Among the criteria to receive the designation, the establishments had to have a qualified food operator on-site at all times and receive scores of 90 or above without critical violations for each inspection.
“In an effort to publicly recognize the commitment of these top-rated establishments to the public health code safety and sanitary guidelines, the Health Department presents them with certificates and anticipates that they will display them publicly,” Callahan wrote in a statement.
The full list of food establishments can be viewed on the health department’s website, but among the places to receive the designation were Blackstone Steak House, Knipshildt Chocolatier, Sierre Grille, Swanky Franks, Famous Pizza House, Rio Border Café, Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, Pontos Taverna and Match. Several locations of Subway, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts were also honored.
The health department will hold a ceremony to present the certificates Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Continental Manor , 112 Main St., which is also one of the designees.